Places to visit in Ayutthaya
Travel and Activities
Ayutthaya 's history as a previous capital of Thailand, the former base of Thai Buddhism and home to tens of kings. Places of Ayutthaya's most important attraction, among them the Viharn Phra Mongkol Bophit, containing one of the largest coated bronze Buddha images in Thailand; the Royal Palace, Wat Mahathat, during from 1958, now on display in the Ayutthaya National Museum.
Ayutthaya people are certainly proud of their heritage; a place of beautiful temples, palaces and art. Besides royals, royal sub-ordinates and monks, the people of Ayutthuya were originally farmers who worked in the fields. Ayutthaya was the first destination of any foreigner back in the days of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya and was the location of the first treaties ever signed behind powerful European nations and Siam.
Ayutthaya Events, Festivals and place to visit as following
Bang Sai Arts and Crafts Centre Fair, Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre This centre occupies an area of 14 acres in Amphoe Bang Sai which can be visited either by road or river. It was established under royal patronage in 1976. Farmers from rural areas undergo training in folk arts and crafts here. Visitors will have a glimpse of various different Thai houses in regional styles and see how the rural people produce exquisite handicrafts including fern vien basketry, weaving basketry, artificial flowers, hand-woven silk and cotton, silk dyeing, wood-carving, miniature hand-modelled Thai dolls, furniture making, and cloth-made products.. At the end of January Held annually toward the end of January at Bang Sai Arts and Crafts Centre, the Fair features displays and contests of the arts and crafts products, sales of local products and cultural performances.
Songkran Festival thai water festival, April 13 Held annually on 13 April in front of Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit, Amphoe Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, it features a traditional procession, Thoet Thoeng drums procession, Song Nam Phra ceremony of the miniature of Phra Mongkhon Bophit image, and Nang Songkran beauty contest.
Wai Khru Bucha Tao Ceremony Around April โ May A ceremony held by blacksmiths and knife-makers of Aranyik knives at Ban Ton Pho, Ban Phai Nong and Ban Salai, Tambon Tha Chang, Amphoe Nakhon Luang to pay salute to their masters and forge spirits. The ceremony is usually held on an early Thursday morning which may be the 7th, 9th, etc. day of the waxing moon of the 5th lunar month (around April โ May) in order to express gratitude to their masters, sweep away possible accidents during their works as well as for their own auspiciousness and prosperity. After chanting for a congregration of angels and saluting the Triple Gem, the master of the ceremony will chant for a congregration of gods which include Siva, Vishnu, Brahma, Vishnukarma, Matuli, Vaya, Gangga, 8 ascetics, etc. as well as Thai, Lao, Mon, and Chinese masters who have imparted them with the ironwork skills, for them to receive their offerings and bless all participants. All tools and equipment will be gilded and lustral water made to sprinkle on the tools and participants.
Bang Sai Loi Krathong and Traditional Long Boat Races November it is an annual festival held toward the end of November at the Bang Sai Arts and Crafts Centre, Amphoe Bang Sai. Activities include Nang Nopphamat beauty contest, contests of processions, Krathongs, and hanging lanterns, folk entertainment, traditional and international long boat races, and sales of the Centreโs products.
Ayutthaya World Heritage Fair December To commemorate the occasion of the Ayutthaya Historical Park being declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 13 December, 1991, a celebration is held annually for 1 week during the same period of the year. The Fair features local ways of life, handicrafts, Thai traditions and culture as well as the light and sound presentation on the history of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya.
Ayutthaya Maha Mongkhon Buddhist Lent Festival Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Provincial Administration in collaboration with the Tourism Business Association and TAT Central Region Office: Region 6, organise the Ayutthaya Maha Mongkhon programme for participants to visit 9 temples in the province during the Buddhist Lent Festival. Booklets for this annual programme that have undergone a chanting ceremony are obtainable at the Ayutthaya Tourism Centre (Old City Hall) or Information Counter at the Ayutthaya Park Shopping Centre, and hotels/restaurants with a programme sign within the province. After that, visit the temples, pay respect to sacred images and have your booklet stamped by following the map provided. Once having visited all the nine temples, participants will be presented with an Ayutthaya Maha Mongkhon memorial coin and a chance to win a prize. For more information, contact the Ayutthaya Tourism Business Association at Tel. 0 3521 3828โ9 ext. 101.
Place to visit in Ayutthaya
Wat Borom Phuttharam situated inside Rajabhat University Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, the north-facing temple was built some time during 1688โ1703 during the reign of King Phetracha on his former residence area near the main gate of the southern city wall. Its location and area plan was confined to be in the north-south direction by ancient communication routes; namely, Khlong Cha Krai Noi in the east and a royal pathway known as
Thanon Maha Ratthaya or Thanon Pa Tong in the west. Unlike other temples, the King had all buildings roofed with yellow glazed tiles and the temple became known as โWat Krabueang Khlueapโ or the โglazed tile templeโ. The construction took 2 years and the temple underwent a major renovation in the reign of King Borommakot, who had 3 pairs of door panels decorated with fine mother-of-pearl inlays. One pair of them is currently at Ho Phra Monthian Tham inside the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the second is at Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple), and the third was turned into cabinets and is now exhibited at the Bangkok National Museum.
Wat Phra Si Sanphet (Sri Sanphet Rd) is the largest temple in Ayutthaya, known for its row of chedis (Thai-style stupas). Housed within the grounds of the former royal palace, the wat was used only for royal religious ceremonies. It once housed a 16-meter Buddha covered with 340 kg of gold, but the Burmese set fire to the statue to melt the gold and destroyed the temple in the process. Used as a residential palace, it became a monastery in the reign of King Ramathibodi I. When King Borom Trai Lokanat commanded new living quarters built, this residential palace was given to be a temple area, thus originating
Wat Phra Si Sanphet This is the most important temple within the Royal Palace compound and the original from which the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok has been copied. Three outstanding Ceylonese style pagodas were built during the 15th century to enshrine the ashes of three Ayutthayan kings. The royal chapel does not have any monks and novice inhabitants. It is open everyday from 8.00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m Entrance fee of 30 baht.
Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopitah (Sri Sanphet Rd) is next to Wat Phra Si Sanphet and houses a large bronze cast Buddha image was originally enshrined in the open area outside the Grand Palace and later covered by a building in the reign of king Songtham. During the fall of Ayutthaya, the building was badly destroyed by fire. The one currently seen was reconstructed, but does not have as beautiful craftmanship as the previous one. The open area east of the sanctuary was where the royal cremation ceremonies took place.Buddha image. It was originally enshrined outside the Grand Palace to the east. King Songtham commanded it to be transferred to the west, where it is currently enshrined and covered with a Mondop. Later in the reign of Phra Chao Suea, the top of the Mondop was burnt down by a fire due to a thunderbolt. Then, the King commanded a new building be built in the form of a big sanctuary (Maha Wihan) to cover the image in lieu of the former Mondop. During the second fall of Ayutthaya, the building and the image were badly destroyed by fire, the one currently seen was renovated but does not have as beautiful craftsmanship as the previous ones. The open area east of the Sanctuary (Wihan) was formerly Sanam Luang, where the royal cremation ceremony took place (This practice is now held at Sanam Luang, the Phramen Ground of Bangkok). No entry charge.
Ancient Palace (access through Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, no additional entry charge) is mostly low-lying ruins set in large grounds, with only a few free standing buildings remaining. It was originally called the Grand Palace, the residential palace of every king was located close to the city wall of Ayutthaya. A road passes by from
Wat Phanancherng This temple, south of the town, has no record about its construction. It had been build before Ayutthaya was founded as the capital. The principal image called "Phrachao Phananchoeng" in the wihara was built in 1325. The golden Buddha image is 19 metres tall, made of trucco in the attitude of subduing evil. It is most revered by the inhabitants of Ayutthaya. (on the Bang Pa-in Rd, about 1.5km out of town) is a working wat which contains the oldest large cast bronze Buddha image in Ayutthaya, though it was covered in scaffold in June 2006 for refurbishment. There is a small room to the right of the main hall which contains a nice collection of Buddha images and the room is painted with many individual unique pictures, in bright colours offset with gold. A 20 baht temple donation per person is asked for.
Chantharakasem Palace, On the bank of the Pasak River; this palace was built during the reign of King Maha Thammaraja, the 17th Ayutthayan monarch, for his son's residence [King Naresuan]. Like other ruins, the palace was destroyed by the Burmese and left unrepaired for a long time. King Rama IV of the present Chakri dynasty ordered reconstruction of this palace for use as a residence during his occasional visits to Ayutthaya. The palace is now a national museum displaying chinaware, ancient weapons, King Rama lV's personal belongings for daily life, Buddha images, sculptures and votive tablets of different times. It is open from Wednesdays to Sundays from 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. just two kilometres away to the north. Important buildings inside the Grand Palace compound are:
Wihan Somdet Hall The top of this hall has been decorated in a unique style of architecture called Prang. It has longer space in front and rear gabled rooms, and shorter space in the side gabled rooms. It was surrounded with a three-sided cloister and utilized for various royal ceremonies such as coronations. This was the first building over constructed in Ayutthaya to be affixed with gold leaf.
Sanphet Prasat Hall This is the middle building construted in the same design as Wihan Somdet Hall. Kings used it to welcome foreign envoys and visitors.
Suriyat Amarin Hall A four-gabled roof building constructed of sandstone and brick; it is close to the riverside city wall. It was used as a place to witness the royal barge processions.
Chakkrawat Phaichayon Hall With a three-gabled roof, is on the inner eastern city wall in front of the Grand Palace. It was used to view processions and military practice.
Trimuk Hall This is located behind the Sanphet Prasat Hall. It is believed to have been the residential area of the consort members and also the garden was the royal relaxing place.
Banyong Rattanat Hall Formerly known by the name of โPhra Thinang Thaisaโ, it is located in the back compound of the Grand Palace on an island in a pond. It has four-gabled roof architecture. Remains of the throne halls that are left to be seen at present, were constructed in the reign of King Borommatrailokkanat and used to serve as royal residences for all later kings. Open daily during 6.00 a.m. โ 6.00 p.m. Admission is 30 Baht each.
A package ticket is also available at 180 Baht each, covering admission to temples and museums within the province and valid for 30 days, including Wat Phra Si Sanphet and the Ancient Palace Complex, Wat Mahathat, Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Phra Ram, Wat Chai Watthanaram, Chao Sam Phraya National Museum and Chantharakasem Museum. For more details call Tel. 0 3524 2501, 0 3524 4570.
Wat Thammikarat is located on (U-Thong Rd) is a working wat, but also contains the ruins of a large chedi and a huge wiharn which has a large tree growing picturesquely out of the side of one wall. It is a temple in the Mahanikaya Sect, Wat Thammikarat was formerly known as Wat Mukkharat. When King Sainamphueng had Wat Phananchoeng constructed before the establishment of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya, King Thammikarat โ his son, had this temple constructed in an old town called Sangkhaburi. The temple had successively been restored by later kings. In the reign of King Songtham (1610 A.D.), the temple was renovated and a Wihan Luang constructed for sermon hearing.
The Wihan Luang once enshrined an enormous bronze head of the Buddha of the U Thong period, now exhibited at the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum. The temple also houses a Reclining Buddha hall called Wihan Phra Phutthasaiyat built by his queen consort following her wish made for her daughterโs recovery from an ailment. The Wihan is located to the north of Phra Chedi with a base of 52 surrounding Singha or lions, and houses a north-facing reclining Buddha image measuring 12 metres in length, with both feet gilded and inlaid with glass mosaic. No entry charge. Wat Ratchaburana
(Naresuan Rd) stands out for having a large prang recently restored to its original condition, clearly visible if you come in from the east. A major find of golden statues and other paraphernalia was made here in 1958, although much was subsequently stolen by robbers โ the remnants are now in the Chao Sam Phraya Museum. You can climb inside the prang for nice views and a little exhibit. The mysterious staircase down, leads to two unrestored rooms with original paintings still visible on the walls. Entrance fee of 30 baht. Wat Phra Mahathat
This temple is on the corner of Chi Kun Road and Naresuan Road across the road from Wat Ratburana which is a large temple that was quite . A tall pagoda was built by King Ramkesuan in 1384. A buried treasure chest containing valuables including a relic of Lord Buddha, several golden Buddha images and many other objects in gold, ruby and crystal was found during the excavation in 1956. thoroughly ransacked by the Burmese. Several Leaning Prangs of Ayutthaya are still feebly defying gravity though,and the rows of headless Buddhas are atmospheric. This is also where you can spot the famous tree that has grownaround a Buddha head. Entrance fee of 30 baht.
Wat Phra Ram This temple is situated outside the grand palace compound to the east. King Ramesuan commanded that it be built on the ground where the royal cremation ceremony for his father, King U-Thong, took place. Only a pagoda and a big lagoon called "Bung Phra Ram" remain. The area is currently used as a public park. The tample located on Sri Sanphet Road consists of one huge prang and some smaller chedi and outbuildings, all in disrepair though the top of the prang is complete. Staircases to the side of the prang give views of Ayutthaya.
This monastery was situated outside the grand palace compound to the east. King Ramesuan commanded it built on ground, where the royal cremation ceremony for his father, King U-Thong, took place. A big lagoon is in front of this monastery. Its original name was โNong Sanoโ, it was changed to be โBueng Phraramโ or currently Phraram Public Park. It is open everyday from 8.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m. Entry charge of 30 baht.
Chedi Phra Si Suriyothai is also located on U-Thong Rd is a white and gold coloured chedi built as a memorial to a previous queen. Set in a small, well-kept gardens, it is the memorial for the first heroine in Siamese history, is located in Ko Mueang to the west. Among various places of interest within the Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park, this ancient place is of much importance as a proof of honour that ancient Siamese society gave to Thai women.
This pagoda is situated at the original site of the Rear Palace in the west of the city. It is a memorial to Somdet Phra Suriyothai, who was the royal consort of Phra Mahachakkraphat and the first heroine in Thai history. When the Burmese army intruded into the kingdom in 1548, Somdet Phra Suriyothai, clad in a warrior's suit, interrupted the fighting between the king and Phrachao Prae of Burma and was cut to death.
Phra Si Suriyothai was the royal consort of Phra Mahachakkraphat. In 1548, only 7 months after being crowned as king, he was challenged by a Burmese attack under the supervision of Phrachao Tabeng Chaweti and his warlord, Burengnong. The Burmese army intruded into the kingdom through the Three Pagoda Pass in Kanchanaburi and came to set up military camps around the royal compound. During the fighting on elephant back, Phra Mahachakkaraphat faced danger. Phra Si Suriyothai, clad in a warriorโs suit, interrupted the fighting with the intention to provide assistance for her husband. She rode her elephant in the way of Phrachao Prae, a Burmese commander, and was cut to death by his sword. After the end of the war, Phra Mahachakkraphat arranged a funeral and established the cremation site to be a temple named โWat Sopsawanโ.
In the reign of King Rama V, there was a quest for the historical sites as mentioned in the Royal Chronical. The exact location of Wat Sopsawan was identified with a large indented stupa which was renamed by King Rama VI as Chedi Phra Si Suriyothai. In 1990, the government assigned the Fine Arts Department and the National Security Command to restore the chedi, which had deteriorated over time. Fortunately, on 20 May 1990, some antique objects were found such as a white rock crystal Buddha image in the posture of subduing Mara, a chedi replica, and a golden reliquary. These ancient objects were brought to be under the care of the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum.
Wat Phu Khao Thong (about 3km out of town, west off the Ang Thong Rd) is a huge white, and slightly wonky, Chedi Phukhao Thong This 80-metre tall pagoda is located 2 kms. northeast of the town. It was originally built in Mon style by King Burengnong of Burma to commemorate the Burmese victory over Ayutthaya in 1569. When Ayutthaya's independence was restored by King Naresuan in 1584, the pagoda was remodelled in the Thai style. Chedi set in a big field. The actual nearby wat is still working and has small grounds with a smiling fat buddha image set in the ruins of a small viharn. You will see the Monument of King Naresuan the Great on the way. No entry charge.
Wat Cheung Tha (about 1km out of town, east off the Ang Thong Rd) is a small working wat with small grounds with chedi and viharn ruins and some buddha images. No entry charge.
Wat Nah Phra Meru (about 1km out of town, east from Wat Cheung Tha) has a large viharn containing the biggest bronze buddha image in Ayutthaya, cast dressed in full royal regalia. The viharn is set in well maintained grounds with buddha images, a small koi carp pond, and three ruined chedis, one of which has a large bodhi tree growing out of the top of it. A 20 baht temple donation per person is asked for.
Wat Suwan Dararam Ratchaworawihan The temple is located inside the city wall to the southeast of the town island near Pom Phet. It was formerly known as โWat Thongโ and was constructed by King Rama Iโs father in the Ayutthaya period. When King Rama I was crowned as the first king of the Rattanakosin period, he had the temple re-established and renamed it โWat Suwan Dararamโ to compliment his parentsโ names.
The templeโs Phra Ubosot โ Ordination Hall โ is of the late Ayutthaya style, being situated on a boat-like concave
foundation. Its gable depicts the God Vishnu on Mount Garuda. Inside, there are murals of angels on the upper parts and scenes from the Jataka stories on the lower parts of the side walls. The front wall to which the principal Buddha image is facing depicts the scene of the Buddha Subduing Mara from the life of the Lord Buddha, with the Mother Earth Goddess in the centre. Unlike the Phra Ubosot, Phra Wihan โ Lecture Hall โ does not have a concave
foundation and has pillars with a cap of elongated lotus petals. It was built in the reign of King Rama II. Inside, there are fine murals depicting the story of King Naresuan the Great painted in the reign of King Rama VII, which are the prototype of Don Chedi Monument in Suphan Buri.
Thaen Phra Si Maha Pho: A platform with lotus petals decoration supporting the sacred Bodhi tree, the shoot of which was brought from India by King Rama IV. There is a brick belfry of western style nearby. The 2-tiered square structure with a pointed arch door downstairs and a bell tower upstairs is believed to have been built in the reign of King Rama IV during a major renovation.
To get there, use the same route as Chanthara Kasem National Museum, turn right at the T-junction for another 1 kilometre.
Wat Yai Chaimongkon (on the Bang Pa-in Rd, 1km east of Wat Phanancherng) is a large working wat, with ruins that appear on some of the well known photos of temples in Thailand. It features a large reclining Buddha in saffron robes in its own ruined wiharn, and, most spectacularly, a huge chedi swathed in golden cloth set in a courtyard which is lined by Buddha images all wearing saffron robes. Very photogenic. Entry charge of 20 baht.
Wat Senas Sanaram This ancient monastery named โWat Sueaโ is behind Chantharakasem National Museum or Chantharakasem Palace. The main attractions are two Buddha images : Phra Samphuttha Muni, the principal image enshrined in the Ubosot, and Phra In Plaeng enshrined in the Wihan ; both were transferred from Vientiane.
Wat Lokkayasutha This monastery is over a kilometre behind the Grand Palace adjacent to Wat Worachettharam. Accessible by the road behind the Ancient Palace, passing Wat Worapho and Wat Worachettharam. It has a large reclining Buddha, made of brick and covered with plaster, approximately 42 metres long. Many large hexagonal pillar ruins near the image are believed to be the ruins of the Ubosot.
Wat Kasattrathirat Worawihan is the monastery located outside Ko Mueang, opposite Chedi Phra Si Suriyothai, on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. Its former name was Kasattra or Kasattraram. It is an ancient temple of the Ayutthaya period with a main Prang (stupa) as its centre.
Wat Chaiwatthanaram Is another monastery that is located on the bank of Chao Phraya River, on
the west of the city island. King Prasat Thong commanded it built. The great beauty has been reflected from the main stupa and its satellite stupas along the gallery, an architecture influenced by Khmer. Travelling can be made by river form Chantharakasem National Museum. A long-tailed boat service is available at 300-400 baht for a round trip, consuming about one hour.
Wat Phutthaisawan is the monastery situated on the river bank opposite Ko Mueang to the south.
Travel by car along the route Ayutthaya-Sena to the west of Ko Mueang. After passing the bridge in front of Wat Kasattrathirat, turn left to Wat Chaiwatthanaram. Follow the direction signs, you will find a left turn to Wat Phutthaisawan. This monastery was built in the area where King U-Thong moved to establish his city. The area was first known as Wiang Lek, named after the royal palace of King U-Thong. The most interesting part of Wat Phutthaisawan is the great principal Buddha image; its style is of the early Ayutthaya Period.
Wat Kudidao Located in front of the railway station to the east, this old monastery has beautiful work with better craftsmanship than many other temples, but it has deteriorated to a high degree.
Wat Samanakottharam Located near Wat Kudidao, it was renovated by Chao Phraya Kosa (Lek) and Chao Phraya Kosa (Pan) during the reign of King Narai the Great. The main attraction is a large Prang having an unusual outlook different from the others. It is believed to imitate the design of Chedi Chet Yot of Chiang Mai.
Wat Yai Chaimongkhon or Wat Chao Phraya Thai This monastery constructed in the reign of King U-Thong is located outside the city to the southeast in the same direction as the railway station; one can see its large pagoda from far away. King Naresuan the Great commanded that the pagoda be built to celebrate the victory of his single-handed combat on the elephant back. He also intended a huge construction to match the large pagoda of Wat Phukhao Thong, and named it โPhra Chedi Chaiyamongkhonโ. It is open everyday from 8.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m. Admission fee is 20 baht.
Wat Na Phramen
The former name of this monastery was Wat Phra Merurachikaram. Located on the bank of Khlong Sabua opposite the Grand Palace, the date of construction is unknown. The Ubosot design is of very old typical Thai style. The most interesting objects are the principal Buddha image, fully decorated in regal attire, and another ancient Buddha image made of black stone in the small Wihan. It is open everyday from 8.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m. Admission fee is 20 baht.
Wat Tum Located in Tambon Wat Tum on the bank of Khlong Wat Tum on the Ayutthayaโ Ang Thong Road, 6 โ 7 kilometres from Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, the temple covers an area of approximately 15 rai. There is no evidence as to when it was constructed and by whom. It is believed to have existed since the Ayothaya period before the establishment of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya and must have once been abandoned after the fall of the Kingdom in 1767, before being renovated in the reign of King Rama I and has resumed a status as a monastic temple ever since. Wat Tum has also served as a temple for a war strategy ceremony for at least 1,000 years presumably since the foundation of Ayutthaya.
The temple houses a special Buddha image of which the top part above the forehead can be lifted and the head finial known as Ketumala can be removed. There is a hollow inside the head deep down nearly to the throat containing drops of seeping drinkable clean water that never runs dry. It is a bronze crowned and bejewelled image of the Buddha seated in the gesture of subduing Mara, measuring 87 centimetres in width and 150 centimetres in height. Originally named โLuangpho Thongsuksamritโ, the image is currently called โLuangpho Sukโ and is of an unknown origin. The head of the image will be opened on the first day of each month.
Wat Niwet Thamprawat is the monastery located to the south of an island in the Chao Phraya
River, on the riverbank opposite the royal palace. In 1878, King Rama V ordered its construction to have the same architectural style of a Western cathedral. The building and its decorations are of Gothic style and beautified with colourful stained glass. The base; where the principal image of Buddha and his followers were placed, was designed to resemble the one for the Cross in a Christian church, not a traditional Chukkachi base as seen in general. The window blocks were especially made for curved windows. On the Ubosot wall in front of the principal Buddha image, there is a picture of King Rama V created with stained glass. Situated to the right of the Ubosot is Ho Phra Khanthararat, a shrine where Phra Khanthararat-a Buddha image in the posture of requesting rain, is put for worship.
Opposite Ho Phra Khanthararat is another shrine, which is the house of a seated stone Buddha image protected by a seven-headed naga. It is an ancient Buddha image aged a thousand years, built in the Lopburi period by a Khmer craftsman. This venerated Buddha image is very close to the big banyan tree that spreads its branches to shade the area in front of the Ubosot. Not far from the Ubosot, there is a cluster of stones naturally found in Thailand, which contains the relics of Chaochommanda Chum, a consort of King Rama IV and mother of Prince (Somdet Kromphraya) Damrong Rajanubhab and the members of the โDiskulโ family. From Bang Pa-In Palace, visitors can access the monastery through a cable car that carries 6-8 passengers at a time. The fare depends on the passengersโ contributions.
Wat Chumphon Nikayaram is the monastery located in the front area of Ko Mueang, opposite to the train station. It was founded in 1632, by King Prasatthongโs command and restored during the reign of King Rama IV.
Wat Kai Located at Tambon Han Sang, 25 kilometres from Ayutthaya on Highway No.32, the entrance to
the temple is 600 metres away to the right and marked by a monkey symbol. It dates from the Ayutthaya period and was once abandoned after the fall of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. Around 1992, it was renovated and established as a โSamnak Songโ โ a monastic residence โ before having been granted consecrated boundaries in 1997 for establishing a temple and named โWat Kai,โ or โChicken Temple,โ after the fact that a large number of chicken died of an epidemic here. The temple also provides home for a large herd of wild macaques that are not fierce but no one knows as to when they came to take sanctuary here.
Wat Tan En A temple amid a shady and serene natural surrounding, it provides home for a flock of flying foxes and various species of waterfowls such as cormorant, grebe, egret, etc. There is an irrigation canal
behind the temple where shoals of various freshwater fish came to take sanctuary. To get there, take Highway No.32, the Asia Highway, to Bang Pahan Intersection, turn right into Highway No.347 and the entrance to the temple is on the right. Continue for another 2 kilometres to the temple, a total distance of approximately 20 kilometres.
Chao Sam Phraya National Museum (Rojana Rd) is where you can find some of the Buddha heads that are so
conspicuously missing at the sites themselves. Opened in 1961 and looks the part. Perhaps the most interesting
displays are the golden regalia from Wat Ratchaburana, on the 2nd floor of Hall 1. Open Wed-Sun from 9 AM to 4 PM,
entrance 30 baht.
It is located at Tambon Pratu Chai, on Rotchana Road opposite Rajabhat University Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya. The
construction of this museum was funded by the proceeds from the sale of votive tablets discovered in the
underground crypts of the principal Prang tower of Wat Ratchaburana. Since the temple was built by King
Borommarachathirat II (Chao Sam Phraya), the museum was named after him. The opening ceremony of this museum
was held in 1961 and was presided over by Their Majesties the King and the Queen. It was the first museum in the
country to present a new form of exhibition, displaying not too many objects in an interesting presentation.
There are 3 exhibition buildings as follows:
Building I Downstairs exhibits artefacts unearthed from the archaeological excavations as well as restoration of
ancient monuments in the province during 1956 โ 1957, including Buddha images of the Dvaravati, Lop Buri and
Ayutthaya periods. The ones put on exhibition include an alabaster Buddha image seated in the European style of the
Dvaravati period once enshrined in a niche of an old stupa at Wat Phra Men in Nakhon Pathom province. The images
was originally broken in fragments which were taken to different places but eventually retrieved and reconstructed by
the Fine Arts Department. This is a priceless Buddha image, as there are only 6 of its kind in the world; 5 in Thailand
and 1 in Indonesia. In Thailand, 2 of them are now at Wat Phra Pathom Chedi in Nakhon Pathom, 1 at the Bangkok
National Museum in Bangkok, 1 at the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum and 1 at Wat Na Phra Men in Phra Nakhon
Si Ayutthaya. There is also an immense bronze head from a Buddha image of the U Thong period discovered at Wat
Thammikarat. This head of the Buddha image indicates how old the temple is as well as how fine the ancient
craftsmanship is in casting huge objects. Intricate wood carvings of the Ayutthaya school are exhibited here, as well.
Upstairs Two rooms are allocated for golden items. Room I exhibits golden miniature regalia and ornaments discovered
in the crypts of the principal Prang tower of Wat Ratchaburana in 1957, with a highlight being the golden sword
known as Phra Saeng Khan Chai Si. The blade of the iron sword has 2 cutting edges cased in a golden sheath
decorated with traditional Thai designs inlaid with precious gemstones, and a handle made from quartz crystal. Room
II houses an exhibition of golden offerings discovered in situ in the crypt of the principal Prang tower of Wat
Mahathat where a golden reliquary containing the Lord Buddhaโs relic was enshrined. The balcony exhibits votive
tablets and plaques made of terra-cotta and pewter (an alloy of tin and lead; lined with copper) of the Sukhothai,
Lop Buri and Ayutthaya periods, discovered in the crypts of the Prang towers of Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Mahathat
and Wat Phra Ram.
Building II exhibits artefacts and objects dโart of different periods from the 6th โ 19th century; namely, Dvaravati, Sri
Vijaya, Lop Buri, Chiang Saen, Sukhothai, U Thong, Ayutthaya and Rattanakosin for comparative study purposes.
Important items include Buddha images in various gestures, Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, Ganesha, etc.
Building III is a complex of traditional Thai houses of central Thailand built in the middle of a moat exhibiting household
equipment and utensils in the ancient daily life of the Thai people such as pottery, coconut graters and various
basketworks. These folk items reflect the glorious past of the Ayutthaya Kingdom.
The museum is open on Wednesdays โ Sundays and national holidays during 8.30 a.m.โ 4.00 p.m. and closed on
Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is 30 Baht each. A package ticket valid for 30 days is also available at 180 Baht
each, covering admission to Wat Phra Si Sanphet and the Ancient Palace Complex, Wat Mahathat, Wat
Ratchaburana, Wat Phra Ram, Wat Chai Watthanaram, Chao Sam Phraya National Museum and Chantharakasem
National Museum. For more information, please contact Tel. 0 3524 1587.
To get there, from Bangkok, enter the city of Ayutthaya, cross the King Naresuan the Great Bridge and go straight
ahead for 2 junctions, the museum will be on the right.
* Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre (Rojana Rd), across the road and to the east of the ChaoPhraya national
museum, is a more modern museum that tries to depict life in Ayutthaya with models.
It is a national research institute devoted to the study of Ayutthaya, especially during the period when Ayutthaya
was the capital of Siam. The Centre is responsible for the museum of the history of Ayutthaya, which exhibits
reconstructions from the past. The Centre also supports an information service and a library containing historical
materials about Ayutthaya.
The Centre is open everyday from 9.00 a.m.-4.30 p.m., official holidays from 9.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m. For more details
please contact Tel: 0 35-24 5123-4. A good place to start or end your tour, but a little pricy (by Thai standards) at
* Chankasem National Museum(U-Thing Rd.) northeast corner of island
* Phra Ram Park (behind Wat Mahathat) is a large wooded area with paths and bridges over waterways leading
the way past various statues, buddha images and buildings. No entry charge.
* Khun Phaen Residence (Sri Sanphet Rd) is a renovated traditional teak house set in a good-sized park with
water and various seating areas. The elephants doing the tourist circuit stop here for photos, with Wat Phra Ram in
the background. No entry charge.
* Monument of King Naresuan the Great (in front of Wat Phu Khao Thong), is a large bronze statue of King
Naresuan on a horse. Situated on the entrance road to Wat Phu Khao Thong.
* Ayutthaya Tourism Centre (เธจเธนเธเธขเนเธเนเธญเธเนเธเธตเนเธขเธงเธญเธขเธธเธเธขเธฒโATC) The centre is located at the provinceโs old city hall established
by the Fine Arts Department and developed to be a tourist information centre by the Tourism Authority of Thailand
(TAT). The high reliefs of 6 great kings and queens from the Ayutthaya Kingdom; namely, King U Thong, King
Borommatrailokanat, Queen Suriyothai, King Naresuan the Great, King Narai the Great and King Taksin the Great on
the facade of the building remain in their original positions.
1st Floor The right wing in the front serves as TATโs Tourist Information Centre. Open daily during 8.30 a.m. โ 4.30
p.m. For more details, please call Tel. 0 3532 2730โ1.
2nd Floor Exhibition on Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthayaโs tourism presented through a high technological system such as
the Computer Touch Screen/Ghost Box. There are 5 sections of the exhibition. Section 1 presents the glorious past
of the civilisation. Section 2 showcases tourist attractions within the province. Section 3 is on its architecture
constructed on the basis of religious beliefs about the Three Worlds and cosmology. Section 4 introduces the lifestyle
of the people of Ayutthaya. Section 5 concludes the exhibition through a video presentation on โLife in the Historical
City of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthayaโ. Open daily except for Wednesday during 8.30 a.m.โ 4.30 p.m.
3rd Floor โAyothaya Contemporary Art Galleryโ established with the main objective to be a stage for the expression
as well as exchange of ideas and lifestyles among artists, students, academics, tourists as well as interested public.
It exhibits creativity in traditional as well as contemporary arts and culture and folk wisdom, in addition, to promoting
the provinceโs cultural and local tourism to be further developed to an international level. The Gallery houses
contemporary and temporary arts rooms, and also provides folk wisdom and enhancing art activities intended for the
development of the learning potential of youth, intensive and extended courses of childrenโs art, etc. Open during
Thursday โ Tuesday (closed on Wednesday), 9.00 a.m.โ5.00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, Tel. 0 3521
* Institute of Ayutthaya Studies (เธชเธเธฒเธเธฑเธเธญเธขเธธเธเธขเธฒเธจเธถเธเธฉเธฒ), situated in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Rajabhat University, is a
complex of buildings in a typical Thai style which was constructed for the purpose of studying, conducting research,
and collecting knowledge on Ayutthaya in the areas of history, culture, way of life and local intellect. There are
exhibitions in 5 buildings, including the Ayutthaya Studies Hall, Local Intellect Hall, Cultural Heritage Hall, Rotating
Exhibition Hall, and Ceremony Hall. In addition, there are displays, demonstrations and distribution of OTOP products.
The institute opens daily, except on public holidays, at 9.30 a.m. โ 3.30 p.m. (Tour groups who would like to attend a
performance โTwilight Ayutthayaโ in the special case at the Ruean Thai Building, Institute of Ayutthaya Studies,
please contact in advance). For further details, please contact the Ruean Thai Building, Institute of Ayutthaya
Studies, at Tel. 0 3524 1407, or 08 9115 5181.
* Japanese Village (เธซเธกเธนเนเธเนเธฒเธเธเธตเนเธเธธเนเธ) Tambon Ko Rian. In the late 16th Century, there were more foreign commercial
traders coming to Ayutthaya. Japanese merchandisers were also permitted to sail their junks to trade with foreigners.
A number of them came to Ayutthaya and were granted royal permission by the Siamese king at that time to settle
around the city island of the Ayutthaya Kingdom like the traders of other nationalities. There were more and more
Japanese coming to Ayutthaya ever since. A Japanese headman at that time was Nagamaza Yamada. He was a
favourite of King Song Tham and was appointed Okya Senaphimuk before being promoted to be the Ruler of Nakhon Si
Thammarat where he lived till the end of his life. A statue of Mr. Nagamaza and an inscription on the historical
background of the village in the Ayutthaya period were erected by the Thai-Japanese Association, with a building
exhibiting the relations between the Kingdom of Ayutthaya and foreign countries. Open during 8.00 a.m. โ 6.00 p.m.
Admission is 20 Baht.
To get there, turn left at the Chedi Wat Sam Pluem Roundabout for approximately 2.5 kilometres via Wat Yai Chai
Mongkhon towards Amphoe Bang Pa-in. For more information, please call Tel. 0 3524 5336.
* King U-Thong Monument (เธเธฃเธฐเธเธฃเธกเธฃเธฒเธเธฒเธเธธเธชเธฒเธงเธฃเธตเธขเนเธเธฃเธฐเนเธเนเธฒเธญเธนเนเธเธญเธ): Erected between Bueng Phra Ram and Wat Phra Si Sanphet.
The life-size and a half statue cast from bronze and fumigated with green chemical is standing with a sword in his
right hand. He is clad, crowned and bejewelled in a royal costume of the early Ayutthaya period. The monument was
opened by His Majesty King Bhumibol on 24 June, 1970.
* Chantharakasem National Museum or Chantharakasem Palace or Front Palace (เธเธฃเธฐเธฃเธฒเธเธงเธฑเธเธเธฑเธเธเธฃเนเธเธฉเธก เธซเธฃเธทเธญ เธงเธฑเธเธซเธเนเธฒ): On the
bank of Pasak River, this palace was built during the reign of King Maha Thammaraja, the 17th Ayutthaya monarch,
for his sonโs residence (King Naresuan). Like other ruins, the palace was destroyed by the Burmese and left
unrepaired for a long time. King Mongkut of the present Chakri dynasty ordered reconstructoin of this palace for use
as a residence during his occasional visits to Ayutthaya. Some of the more interesting sites are:
* Palace Wall and Gate (เธเธณเนเธเธเนเธฅเธฐเธเธฃเธฐเธเธนเธงเธฑเธ): They were newly constructed by the command of King Rama IV. The
original foundation of the palace wall has since been found through excavation, thus revealing that the original area
was much more spacious than what is currently seen.
* Phlapphla Chatulamuk (เธเธฅเธฑเธเธเธฅเธฒเธเธเธธเธฃเธกเธธเธ): This wooden four-gabled roof pavilion is near the east gate of the palace.
Originally, a residential place of King Mongkut during his visit to Ayutthaya, it later became the โChantharakasem
National Museum,โ under the responsibility of the Fine Arts Department. It is open everyday except Mondays,
Tuesdays and national holidays from 9.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m. Admission is 30 baht
* Phiman Rattaya Hall (เธเธฃเธฐเธเธตเนเธเธฑเนเธเธเธดเธกเธฒเธเธฃเธฑเธเธขเธฒ) A group of buildings located amidst the compound of the palace, which
once served as government offices and the Provincial Administrative Building for several years.
* Phisai Sanyalak Hall (เธเธฃเธฐเธเธตเนเธเธฑเนเธเธเธดเธชเธฑเธขเธจเธฑเธฅเธขเธฅเธฑเธเธฉเธเน): This is a four-storey tower located close to the western side of the
Palace. It was originally constructed during the reign of King Narai the Great, but was destroyed during the 2nd fall of
Ayutthaya. It was reconstructed according to the original foundation in the fourth reign of the present dynasty. King
Rama IV used the tower to observe the stars.
The palace is now used as a national museum. It has been decorated for demonstration of antiques such as
Chinaware, ancient weapons, King Rama IVโs personal things for daily life, Buddha images, sculptures and votive
tablets of different times.
The museum is open everyday cxcept Mondays, Tuesdays, and national holidays from 9.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m.(Admission
fee : 30 Baht). For more information Tel: 0 3525 1586, 0 3525 2795
* City Wall and Fortresse (เธเนเธญเธกเธเธฃเธฒเธเธฒเธฃเธฃเธญเธเธเธฃเธธเธ): The city wall originally built by King U Thong was merely a moat-and-
mound enclosure with a wall of wooden poles on top. A brick one was built later in the reign of King Maha Chakraphat.
According to a Royal Chronicle, a number of fortresses were constructed such as Pom Maha Chai, Pom Sat Kop, Pom
Phet, Pom Ho Ratchakhrue and Pom Champa Phon. Large fortresses were built on the meeting points of rivers. Pom
Phet on the meeting point of the Chao Phraya and Pa Sak Rivers is now a public park while Pom Maha Chai at the
corner of Chanthara Kasem Palace near Hua Ro Market was dismantled in the reign of King Rama I who had the bricks
taken to be used in the construction of a new capital in Bangkok.
* Somdet Phra Si Nakharin Park (เธชเธงเธเธชเธกเนเธเนเธเธเธฃเธฐเธจเธฃเธตเธเธเธฃเธดเธเธเธฃเน): Located on U Thong Road in the Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Historical Park area, to the southwest of Ko Mueang, the Park covers a vast stretch of land with plants in Thai
literature, a Thai pavilion and remains of ancient monuments. Part of the area is being developed into a herb garden.
The Park also houses a monument of Her Royal Highness the Princess Mother.
To get there, from Bangkok, upon crossing Naresuan Bridge to enter the city of Ayutthaya, turn left at the T-junction
near Rajabhat University Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthya, turn right via the provincial hospital and the Park will be on the
* Wang Lang or the Rear Palace (เธเธฃเธฐเธฃเธฒเธเธงเธฑเธเธซเธฅเธฑเธ): This palace is located close to the western city wall of Ayutthaya
(in the vicinity of the present location of the distillery plant of the Excise Department). It was originally the royal
garden where the king made a visit from time to time. There was only one residential building in the entire area. King
Maha Thammaracha commanded more buildings to be built in the area to mark it a palace which would be the
residence of King Ekathosarot. Later on, this rear palace was only the residence of royal family members, so now no
one can see the important items.
* Chedi Phra Si Suriyothai (เนเธเธเธตเธขเนเธเธฃเธฐเธจเธฃเธตเธชเธธเธฃเธดเนเธขเธเธฑเธข), the memorial for the first heroine in Siamese history, is located in Ko
Mueang to the west. Among various places of interest within the Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park, this
ancient place is of much importance as a proof of honour that ancient Thai society gave to Thai women.
Phra Si Suriyothai was the royal consort of Phra Mahachakkraphat. In 1548, only 7 months after being crowned as
king, he was challenged by a Burmese attack under the supervision of Phrachao Tabeng Chaweti and his warlord,
Burengnong. The Burmese army intruded into the kingdom through the Three Pagoda Pass in Kanchanaburi and came
to set up military camps around the royal compound. During the fighting on elephant back, Phra Mahachakkaraphat
faced danger. Phra Si Suriyothai, clad in a warriorโs suit, interrupted the fighting with the intention to provide
assistance for her husband. She rode her elephant in the way of Phrachao Prae, a Burmese commander, and was cut
to death by his sword. After the end of the war, Phra Mahachakkraphat arranged a funeral and established the
cremation site to be a temple named โWat Sopsawanโ.
In the reign of King Rama V, there was a quest for the historical sites as mentioned in the Royal Chronical. The exact
location of Wat Sopsawan was identified with a large indented stupa which was renamed by King Rama VI as Chedi
Phra Si Suriyothai.
In 1990, the government assigned the Fine Arts Department and the National Security Command to restore the chedi,
which had deteriorated over time. Fortunately, on 20 May 1990, some antique objects were found such as a white
rock crystal Buddha image in the posture of subduing Mara, a chedi replica, and a golden reliquary. These ancient
objects were brought to be under the care of the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum.
* Si Suriyothai Park (เธชเธงเธเธจเธฃเธตเธชเธธเธฃเธดเนเธขเธเธฑเธข) is located within the area of the Ayutthaya liquor plant adjacent to Chedi Phra Si
Suriyothai. On its total area of 5 rai, there is a common building, a Somdet Phra Si Suriyothai pavilion, a mound with
marble Semas (boundary stones of a temple) aged over 400 years where the fragmented parts of Buddha images
taken from Wat Phutthaisawan were buried, etc. The Liquor Distillery Organisation, who sponsored the construction
of the park, wished to devote all good deeds in transforming the former inner part of the royal compound to all of the
late kings who used to live here before. King Rama IX graciously named the park โSuan Si Suriyothaiโ on 25 May,
1989. Then, the park was conferred to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on the eve of Her 60th birthday anniversary. The
park opens daily for the public from 9.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m.
* Somdet Phra Suriyothai Monument (เธเธฃเธฐเธฃเธฒเธเธฒเธเธธเธชเธฒเธงเธฃเธตเธขเนเธชเธกเนเธเนเธเธเธฃเธฐเธจเธฃเธตเธชเธธเธฃเธดเนเธขเธเธฑเธข โ เธเธธเนเธเธกเธฐเธเธฒเธกเธซเธขเนเธญเธ): Located on a plain known as
Thung Makham Yong on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River at Tambon Ban Mai, approximately 3-4 kilometres to
the northeast of the city island of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya. There is a life-size and a half bronze statue of Queen
Suriyothai on the neck of her war elephant as well as another 49 associated sculptures, models of historical events, a
huge reservoir and a public park. This plain was once a battlefield for several SiamโBurmese wars in the past. One of
the heroic deeds that took place here was Queen Suriyothaiโs fight to save her husband, King Maha Chakraphat. She
was killed on her elephantโs neck by the King of Burma. In another later war 2 years after King Naresuan the Great
declared independence, the Burmese king sent his son to station here at Thung Makham Yong whereas the king
himself led his army to position to the south of the plain. King Naresuan, with a sword in his mouth led his soldiers to
climb the wooden pole wall into the Burmese kingโs camp in many successful plunders. His sword was named โPhra
Saeng Dap Khap Khaiโ in reminiscence of his victories.
As a historical battlefield of such great significance, a monument of Somdet Phra Suriyothai was constructed under
Her Majesty Queen Sirikitโs suggestion. Funding was provided jointly by the government and Thai people. The
monument was constructed in honour of Her Majesty the Queen to mark her sixtieth birthday anniversary in 1992.
* Elephant Kraal Pavilion (เธเธฃเธฐเธเธตเนเธเธฑเนเธเนเธเธเธตเธขเธ) The pavilion, utilized as the royal seat to witness the elephant round up, is
located in Tambon Suan Phrik, 4 kilometres from the city along Highway No.309. The outlook is a big cage surrounded
with logs having, from the front centre, fencing lines of 45 degrees spread out to both sides far away into the jungle
area. Around the kraal itself, is an earthen wall with bricks to the height of the pillarsโtop. Behind the kraal and
opposite the front fencing line is the pavilion housing the royal seat. The Kraal currently seen was renovated in the
year 1988 by the government.
* Mu Ban Protuket (เธซเธกเธนเนเธเนเธฒเธเนเธเธฃเธเธธเนเธเธช) is the Portuguese village located in Tambon Samphao Lom, on the west bank of
the Chao Phraya River and to the south of the city. The Portuguese were the first Europeans who travelled to trade
with the Ayutthaya Kingdom. In 1511, Al Fonco de Al Buquerq, the Portuguese governor to Asia, dispatched a
diplomatic troupe led by Ambassador Mr.Du Arte Fernandes to Ayutthaya during the reign of King Ramathibodi II. After
that, some Portuguese came to the kingdom for different purposes: trade, military volunteers in the Ayutthaya army,
or on a religious mission. They built a church as the centre of their community and to serve religious purposes.
Presently, some traces of former construction have been found at the village site. At the ancient remains of San
Petro, a Dominican church, some antique objects were excavated together with human skeletons such as tobacco
pipes, coins, and accessories for a religious ceremony.
* Thai Boat Museum (เธเธดเธเธดเธเธเธฑเธเธเนเนเธฃเธทเธญเนเธเธข): A private boat museum located opposite to Wat Mahathat, Bang Ian Road,
within the same area as the residence of Master Phaithun Khaomala, who has had an affectionate bond with boats
and water since his childhood and wishes to preserve this field of folk wisdom for younger generations. The museum
building is a large Thai-style teak house with accordion folding partitions, exhibiting models and miniatures of various
boats as well as royal barges built with the same techniques as the original ones. Hundreds of them ranging from
large ocean liners to small rowing boats are on display, as well as various types of traditional Thai boats that are now
rare to be seen on the waterway. Open daily during 8.00 a.m. โ 5.00 p.m. For more information, Tel. 0 3524 1195.
* Bang Sai Arts and Crafts Centre (เธจเธนเธเธขเนเธจเธดเธฅเธเธฒเธเธตเธเธเธฒเธเนเธเธฃ) Located on the left bank of the Chao Phraya River in Tambon
Bueng Yai, Amphoe Bang Sai. Farmers from Ayutthaya as well as from other provinces undergo training in folk arts
and crafts here. At this centre, you will have a glimpes of how farmers in the four regions live and work; how their
products of arts and crafts are produced. The centre is under the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and
Related Techniques (SUPPORT) which was established under Royal Patronage on the 21st July, 1976. Products and
activities which can be seen here are Fern Vien Basketry, Weaving Basketry, Artificial Flowers, Hand-Woven Silk and
Cotton, Silk Dyeing, Wood Carving, Miniature Hand - Modelled Thai Dolls, Furniture Making, Cloth-Made Products, etc.
All the products are sold at the Centre and in every branch of Chitralada Store. The Centre covers a total area of
approximately 1,000 rai and houses several places of interest including:
* Sala Phra Ming Khwan (เธจเธฒเธฅเธฒเธเธฃเธฐเธกเธดเนเธเธเธงเธฑเธ) is a 4-storey applied Thai building with 4 porches, towering in the heart of
the Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre. The first floor houses arts and crafts demonstration and shops
displaying as well as selling products from the Centre and other arts and crafts centres throughout the country. The
second and third floors exhibit the Centreโs masterpieces of the arts and crafts products, and the fourth floor
accommodates meetings and seminars. Open daily during 9.00 a.m. โ 5.00 p.m. on weekdays and 9.00 a.m. โ 6.00
p.m. on holidays. Admission is free.
* Arts and Crafts Village (เธซเธกเธนเนเธเนเธฒเธเธจเธดเธฅเธเธฒเธเธตเธ) The establishment of this village was supported by the Tourism Authority of
Thailand (TAT) in order to showcase different aspects of architecture of the Thai houses in various regions of the
country as well as their ways of living and culture. Lifestyle and handicraft demonstrations are provided daily
between 8.30 a.m.โ5.00 p.m. on weekdays and 9.00 a.m.โ7.00 p.m. on weekends. Thai classical dances and folk
entertainment of the 4 regions are performed during 4.30โ5.30 p.m. on weekends and national holidays.
The village also offers a traditional Thai wedding ceremony of the Central Region which is to include a religious rite, a
procession of the groomโs presents for the bride or Khan Mak, a lustral water pouring ceremony, venue decorations,
music as well as food and beverage for guests and relatives. For more details, contact the Arts and Crafts Village at
Tel. 0 3536 6666-7, 08 9132 0303 (Khun Atchara).
* Arts and Crafts Training Buildings (เธญเธฒเธเธฒเธฃเธเธถเธเธญเธเธฃเธกเธจเธดเธฅเธเธฒเธเธตเธ): They are situated in the heart of the Centre and comprise
various divisions of arts and crafts. The Centre currently provides 29 divisions of arts and crafts training for farmers
from all regions of the country to be their supplementary occupations out of the farming season. Visitors can have a
look at all stages of the elaborate arts and crafts production. Open daily between 9.00 a.m. โ 4.00 p.m. during
* One Thousand-armed Kwan Yin Bodhisattva (เธเธฃเธฐเนเธเธเธดเธชเธฑเธเธงเนเธเธงเธเธญเธดเธกเธเธฑเธเธเธฃเธฐเธซเธฑเธเธเน): The 6-metre high image of the one
thousand-armed Kwan Yin Bodhisattva was carved out of yellow sandalwood and presented to His Majesty King
Bhumibol Adulyadej on the auspicious occasion of his 6th cycle birthday anniversary by Mr. Tu Zhia on behalf of the
Chinese people. His Majesty had the image enshrined in a temporary shrine at the elephant pavilion โ Sala Rong
Chang - within the Centre for the public to pay respect daily during 9.00 a.m.โ5.00 p.m.
* Phra Tamnak (เธเธฃเธฐเธเธณเธซเธเธฑเธ) is a royal residence for Their Majesties the King and the Queen and their royal children
built into a traditional Thai house of Central Thailand with an open basement, using construction materials available
locally and surrounded by a beautiful garden and miniature waterfall.
* Wang Pla (เธงเธฑเธเธเธฅเธฒ) is an aquarium displaying freshwater fish constructed and administered by the Department of
Fisheries. The main building contains two large aquariums; one is of a bean shape with a capacity of 1,400 tons, the
other of a round shape with a capacity of 600 tons, both accommodating various species of freshwater fish native to
Thailand. Open during 10.00 a.m. โ 4.00 p.m. and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
* Suan Nok (เธชเธงเธเธเธ) is a bird park operated by the Wildlife Fund Thailand under the Royal Patronage of H.M. the
Queen. There are two large aviaries providing nests for more than 30 species of rare birds within natural-like
environments including an artificial stream and waterfall as well as forest. There is a suspension bridge for visitors to
have a look and take photos of the birds from on top of the aviaries. Other wild animals are also to be seen nearby.
Open daily during 9.00 a.m. โ 7.00 p.m. Admission is 20 Baht for adults and 10 Baht for children.
Bang Sai Arts and Crafts Centre is open during 8.30 a.m.โ5.00 p.m. on weekdays and 8.30 a.m.โ6.00 p.m. on
weekends and national holidays. Admission is 100 Baht for adults and 50 Baht for children. Visit the Arts and Crafts
Village, โWang Plaโ โ Thailandโs largest freshwater fish aquarium, arts and crafts training buildings, โSala Phra Ming
Khwanโ โ a modern Thai building where the Centreโs products are on sale, pay respect to the one thousand-armed
Kwan Yin Bodhisattva at the elephant pavilion and take a mini-train free of charge around the Centre. For more
information, Tel. 0 3536 6252-4, 0 3528 3246-9 or click www.bangsaiarts.com.