Reflection on Sepha Phrai: A Story of Commoners in the City of Bangkok


  • Dusadee Swangviboonpong Thai Music Department, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand



Sepha Phrai; Story-telling; Thai Literature; Life in Bangkok; Bangkok; Thailand


This article deals with a contemporary literature entitled Sepha Phrai written in form of klon sepha Thai poem by Suchit Wongthet, a well-known Thai poet. It is a reflection on the story of Sepha Phrai which reveals the life and spirit of commoners in the city of Bangkok, telling the story of a proletarian family, starting from the fall of Ayutthaya period in 1767 up until the bicentenary of Bangkok in 1982. The story embraces four generations with Nai Get and his wife being the first. Nai Get’s descendants are of various professions including builder, musician, business manager, prostitute, lawyer and farmer. Sepha Phrai provides historical, legal and sociological facts sympathetically in the form of versified story.




How to Cite

Swangviboonpong, Dusadee. 2023. “Reflection on Sepha Phrai: A Story of Commoners in the City of Bangkok”. Journal of Urban Culture Research 26 (June):268-79.