Lek Viriyaphant, the well-known millionaire of Thailand dreamt of constructing a golf course in the shape of Thailand and denoting landmark structures on the course, however, he abandoned the quest and built miniatures of the original landmarks in the ‘Ancient City’ when he realized that some of these important attractions were in a state of ruin. The structures that were chosen to be featured in the Ancient City weren’t the 5-star hotels in Bangkok, but locations and buildings of historical, cultural and religious value.
Modern and marvelous buildings keep sprouting in Thailand regularly where hotels such as Emporium Suites by Chatrium are the frontrunners. However, from an architectural point of view, the feats achieved by ancient day builders are no mean accomplishments and deserve to be recognized in an entire city.
Over two hundred acres are dedicated towards the creation of this large outdoor museum where some one hundred and sixteen structures have been erected reflecting the original structure. These replicas include life-sized or actual sized reproductions, smaller copies, and creative variants. They are geographically placed in the most accurate point with respect to the country’s shape and form. The creations have derived much input from historians and archaeologists who have strived immensely to retain the essential features of each location to make the Ancient City a hands-on learning environment for everyone.
The Wihan at Wat Phumin, the Red Block Fort, the Water Hall, Phra That Mondop, the Buddha Image of Dvaravati Period, the Reclining Buddha, the Garden of the Gods, the Ramayana Garden, and the Rainbow Bridge are some of the highlights of this newly created Ancient Siam. Those who cannot travel extensively to visit all these sites, in reality, take the time to call over at the Ancient City to capture all of it in one go; it may not be the actual thing but it is the closest alternative and is certainly a good one.
Damon Starky is a creative nomadic travel writer, who is well informed and experienced on a wide range of interests that would connect to the needs of any type of traveler. Google+