Dozens Celebrate New Thai Sala at East-West Center

by: Diane Ako

MANOA (KHNL) - Dozens came out today to celebrate the official unwrapping of a royal gift. This Thai sala, or pavilion, sits on the lawn of the East-West Center (EWC). The king of Thailand gave it to the academic research center. The celebration included a Thai classical dance performance. The sala arrived in pieces and took a month to assemble.

Carol Fox of the EWC says, "What you see here was actually constructed on the grounds of the royal palace in Thailand and then shipped here in pieces and assembled by Thai artisans here on the site."

The EWC has a companion exhibition in its gallery about sala architecture that will run through May 23. The gallery is located at John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road. Admission is free; parking is available at the East-West Center or the adjacent UH-Manoa campus.