Thailand - Ancient City (Samut-Prakarn)
Photo Gallery of Ancient City (Samut-Prakarn) in Thailand.
Ancient City, also known as Muang Boraan, is located in Samut Prakan, next province of Bangkok, about one hour from
A lot of famous or historical places of Thailand (landmarks, palaces or temples of old days such as the ear of Dvaravati Kingdom, Sukhothai and Ayutthaya) have been reconstructed (as miniature replicas) here. You can enjoy whole Thailand places to visit.
(There is a same kind of place in Pattaya, called Mini Siam, the place that displays famous spots of Thailand and other countries, more than 100 objects with a scale of 1 to 25)
The Ancient City home page is below:
- Songkran Festival
- Musical instruments and dolls
- The Old market town
- Statues and Buildings
- Sanphet Prasat Palace
[AncientCity] Songkran Festival
Scenery of Ancient City during the Thailand's most celebrated festival
"Songkran Festival" or "Water Festival"", that is held from 13th to 15 in April.
(Picture left; The Floating Market in Ancient City)
If you don't come here by car, good to ride this bus ? :)
|Scenery of the street
A lot of people were here. Because of Songkran Festival ?
Called " Takeuma" (Bamboo horse) in Japanese. Kids are enjoying them. :)
|What are they ?
I don't know the name but kids in Japan also play like this (not skins of fruit but cans) (in the old days ?
|Thai Dress 1
Ladies in Thai dress.
|Thai Dress 2
They are giving a pose to visitors. :)
|Thai Dress 3
Looks like they are showing old day style.
They are decorating vegetables. This is an old style.
[AncientCity] Musical instruments and dolls
|You'll see Thai traditional musical instruments, dolls, a stage of a puppet
play and a shadow play of puppets.
Check the pages below about Thai traditional puppet play or shadow play;
Various dolls are displayed.
|A stage for a puppet play
This is for a puppet play.
Young warrior ?
Old man ?
Funny face !
|Shadow play of puppets
Related page: [Rayong] Shadow Play - Wat Ban Don Museum
|Musical instrument 1
This is called " Jakae ".
Looks like Japanese traditional musical instrument called " Koto ".
|Musical instrument 2
This is called " Khim ". You can play this like a xylophone.
|Musical instrument 3
The musical instrument in front (like a xylophone) is "Ranard".
The one in front of the woman is "khongWong" with a lot of bells.
|Musical instrument 4
Drums called "Taphon".
[AncientCity] Statues and Buildings
|AncientCity has a lot of and various relics, and also monuments and famous buildings from all over the country.
Dragons on the left.
|Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Kuan-Yin) Performing a Miracle
Kuan-Yin (Guanyin) is Kannon or Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, the pinnacle of mercy and compassion in Chinese Buddhism.
Dragons on the right.
|The Rainbow Bridge
Rainbow is a symbol of fertility, happiness, and natural beauty of the country.
|The Phanom Rung Sanctuary, Buri Ram
Built in accordance with Hinduism beliefs of the Shiva sect, the construction finished within the 13th century A.D.
|The Sanctuary of Truth
A very large wooden building in Chon Buri (north of Pattaya).
The top point of the building is about 105 meters high.
the Sanctuary of Truth has been under construction for over 25 years.
|Pavilion of the Enlightened
This pavilion is for Mahayana Buddhism.
|The Courage of the People of Bang Rachan
Monument for people of Bang Rachan who fought with the Burmese invaders.
|The Garden of Pha Daeng-Nang Ai
A love story of Nang Ai, the most beautiful girl in Khomkham City, Pha Daeng, the ruler of Phaphong and The son of the Naga king.
(The Naga has seven heads. I thought it had five heads.)
According to Thai cosmology, Sumeru Mountain is considered the pillar of the world as well as the center of the universe. The mountain, supported by Anondha fish, stays above the surface of the water.
On the top of the lofty mountain is the heaven called Tavatimsa where Trai Trueng City is located.
|The Footprint of the Lord Buddha 1
Inside the mondop.
|The Footprint of the Lord Buddha 2
The ceiling of the inside.
|The Footprint of the Lord Buddha, Saraburi
The mondop housing the Footprint of the Lord Buddha, one of the most sacred places of Thailand, is an architectural style of Ayutthaya art. It is established on the top of a hill in Saraburi Province.
|The Footprint of the Lord Buddha 3
A reclining Buddha is enshrined.
|The Footprint of the Lord Buddha 4
A scenery from the top. You'll see "Sanphet Prasat Palace" over there.
|The Footprint of the Lord Buddha 5
Decoration of the building.
|The Footprint of the Lord Buddha 6
Decoration of the columns.
|The Footprint of the Lord Buddha 7
Naga (Snake God) along the slope to the top.
This Naga also has not five but seven heads.
|The Dusit Maha Prasat Palace (The Grand palace)
The Dusit Maha Prasat Palace in the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
The palace was built by King Rama I in 1806 A.D. The structure is a cruciform building with large high roofs.
The Palace is now the only remaining example of the traditional Thai palace.
Pictures of remains of old days in the Ancient City.
The picture above is the Grand Hall of Wat Maha That, Sukhothai.
|Three Pagoda Pass, Kanchanaburi
The three pagodas stands in Sangkhlaburi District, the northern most part of Kanchanaburi (west of Bangkok).
|Wat Chong Kham, Lampang
Wat Chong Kham in Lampang, north Thailand.
The important temples in the community were often named Wat Chong Kham.
The ceremonial quarters and monks living quarters are combined within one building.
|Chedi Chet Yod, Seven-Spired Pagoda, Chiang Mai
Wat Chedi Chet Yod in Chiang Mai, north Thailand.
It has a unique structure.
|The Grand Hall of Wat Maha That, Sukhothai
The Grand Hall of Wat Maha That, Sukhothai, north Thailand.
A lot of columns are in line.
|The Tiger King's Palace (Wat Yai Suwannaram), Phetchaburi
Normally known as the Tiger Kings Palace, once situated in area of the Ayutthaya Grand Palace.
High-floored building ?
|The Tiger King's Palace (Wat Yai Suwannaram), Phetchaburi 3
The view of inside.
A Buddha statue is enshrined.
|The Tiger King's Palace (Wat Yai Suwannaram), Phetchaburi 4
Is this a seat for persons in a position of power ?
|Ku Khu Maha That
Ku Khu Maha That (Khu means cave) is situated at Ban Khwao, Maha Sarakham Province.
(Standing alone here.)
|Phra That Bang Phuan, Nong Khai
Phra That Bang Phuan in Nong Khai Province.
Believed to house the relics of the Lord Buddha brought from India.
|The Lan Chang Styled Scripture Repository and Wihan
The northeastern community, established since the early Buddhist era, has created its own unique artistic style that is different from other types of indigenous architecture. The art became known as the art of Lan Chang.
|The Sukhothai Wihan
The wihan is constructed based on the wihan at Wat Nang Phaya in Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai Province, north Thailand.
|Prasat Phra Wihan (Preah Vihear), Si Sa Ket
Prasat Phra Wihan (Preah Vihear) stands on the summit of Phra Wihan Hill, on the edge of the south face of the Phanom Dong Rak Range escarpment on the Thai-Cambodian border, Si Sa Ket Province.
The Dvaravati Kingdom (lasted from the 6th to the 13th centuries) has long been considered the center of Hinayana Buddhism.
The Dvaravati wihan was reconstructed to represent the image of the Dvaravati Kingdom, whose influence had flourished in the northeastern region for more than a thousand years.
|Pallava Group of Images, Phang-nga
The images of the Hindu deities, stood out of the trunk of a tree that had grown around them.
These images are kept at the Nakhon Si Thammarat National Museum.
|Stupa of Phra Maha That, Nakhon Si Thammarat
The monastery is a remarkable architectural reminder of the artistic virtuosity of the southern Thai architects.
The stupa was built during the reign of King Si Thammasokarat in 555 A.D. when Nakhon Si Thammarat was first established.
The structure is obviously influenced by the Sin gha lese art.
|Stupa of Phra Maha That, Chaiya, Surat Thani
The Phra Maha That is one of the most sacred and important monasteries in the south of Thailand.
The structure of this stupa is similar to the Chandi Pawana Chedi in Indonesia, the mondop style chedi, which was modeled after Chandimendut Chedi of Java.
|The Buddha Image of Dvaravati Period
One of the outstanding characteristics of Dvaravati civilization is gigantic Buddha images in the teaching posture-seated with his feet resting on the floor.
|The Stupa of Phra Maha That, Ratchaburi
The Stupa of Phra Maha That, Ratchaburi Province (west of Bangkok), was constructed during the Lop Buri period which dates to around the 11th-13th century A.D.
|Prang Sam Yod, Lop Buri
Prang Sam Yod or the Three Spired Sanctuary, made of laterite, is located in the heart of Lop Buri Province.
The architectural style, showing the influence of Khmer art, is considered the art of the Lop Buri school.
The sanctuary dates back to the 13th century A.D., when the Bayon school of Khmer was initiated and prospered in Phra Nakhon Luang (Nakhon Thom) of the Khmer Empire.
[AncientCity] Sanphet Prasat Palace
The Sanphet Prasat Palace was the principal palace in the early Ayutthaya period.
The distinctive artistic style, different from the preceding Khmer and Sukhothai styles, was later known as the Ayutthaya school which appeared in many parts of the Sanphet Prasat Palace: the sweep of the basement, the tapering pillars, the elaborate pinnacle ornaments, the pedimented(*1) door and window frames and the over lapping roof slopes.
Unfortunately, when Ayutthaya fell to Burma in 1767 A.D., the stately palace was burnt to the ground.
*1) pediment: check it by Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pediment
|the Sanphet Prasat Palace 01
The view of the front.
|the Sanphet Prasat Palace 02
The view from another angle.
|the Sanphet Prasat Palace 03
The pedimented style.
|the Sanphet Prasat Palace 04
Elaborated decoration of the roof.
|the Sanphet Prasat Palace 05
Is this a rest place ?
|the Sanphet Prasat Palace 06
Angels at the fountain in the garden.They are dancing or playing musical instruments.
|the Sanphet Prasat Palace 07
Decoration of the ceiling of the Sanphet Prasat Palace.
|the Sanphet Prasat Palace 08
Inside of the Sanphet Prasat hall.
This is the place to meet king.
|the Sanphet Prasat Palace 09
The view of another angle.
|the Sanphet Prasat Palace 10
The view of another angle.
A little broken brick fence.
The Royal Water-Course Procession
A lot of boats like Royal Barges are on the big pond.
The late Ayutthaya became rich and well-known among foreigners as one of the important trade cities in South east Asia.
To celebrate the prosperity and dignity of the kingdom, many state ceremonies and artistic work were created, and a group of royal barges were also initiated on this occasion.
The royal barges, adapted from war ships, were used in many important state ceremonies such as the reception of the royal guests and the royal procession welcoming diplomats and carrying royal letters or commands.
|Thai boat 01
Decorated with like Krut, seen in the Grand Palace.
|Thai boat 02
Decorated with like Krut, seen in the Grand Palace.
|Thai boat 03
|Thai boat 04
A lot of boats on the pond.
|Thai boat 05
Scenery taken at another period.
In the old days, Thai junks like this used to be moored along the banks of the Chao Phraya River from the estuary in Samut Prakan Province all the way up to Bangkok.
They gradually disappeared some 50 years ago.
|Thai boat 06
Cargo boats ?
Flowers that can be seen at the Ancient City.
Beautiful, right ? :D
The picuter left:
You'll see it often in Thailand, called Han-Nok-Yun (?)
|Thai flower 1
|Thai flower 2
|Thai flower 3
|Thai flower 4