Monday, January 3, 2011

Mini review << Ancient City >>

The Ancient city can be considered as an outdoor Thai art museum with a wide range of architectural symbols combined with fine arts and craftsmanship, structural layouts and a natural environment. There are structures built which mimic counterparts from every part of Thailand. Visiting one place, you can see the architectural styles from the whole country!

The ancient city is situated in Bangkok’s outskirts, but is easy to access by bus, taxi or car.

It is open daily from 08.00 am - 17.00 pm.  The entrance fee costs 400 baht per person. There are many ways to look around, such as by bicycle, golf cart, or trolley.

As the weather was really hot, we weren’t there for long (took 2 rounds of the trolley tour).

Please come take a tour with us ..

Pavilion of the Enlightened
Mahayana Buddhist respects a wide spectrum of ethical and spiritual values. Religious teaching and training has developed many different strategies for communicating with the faithful. The story of 500 Enlightened.
Monks show that people from different backgrounds with different codes of conduct and different merits could all become enlightened and reach Nirvana. (Text is from the sign in front of the structure).

The Floating Market
The floating market provides an ideal rural backdrop to the daily life of the people living on the banks of the river. This type of settlement later developed into a trading centre as well as a residential area. The floating market is an example of perfect social integration. Though the people are different in race, religious beliefs and culture, they can live in peace.
The floating market at Ancient Siam is a reflection of traditional Thai life along the river. The rivers and canals formed an important communication system that brought about social integration and prosperity to the community. The people on both sides of the river are connected by bridges and walkways surrounding the community. (Text is from the sign in front of the structure).

Sala of Ramayana
It is considered a Thai tradition to build public places such as temples and Thai Sala (pavilions) in a community. Functioning as a public center, they are used in Buddhist merit-making ceremonies and other social activities. The structures, finely constructed, not only illustrate the well-to-do status of the community, but also show the generosity of the person who intends to build the places for public use.
The Five Grand Open Sala Ancient Siam was built on a pond and would be used as either a public summer house or religious ceremonial center. Ramayana Pavilion is named after the story of the murals painted inside the Sala. (Text is from the sign in front of the structure).

Deer garden
There is a small deer garden in the ancient city, estimate by my count, there was around 15 - 20 deer. But the most surprising to me was the big snake show - -” I was really scared, the snake photo was been taken by my husband though (which he forced me to look at later - -*).

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 southern face of the Phanom Dong Rak Range escarpment on the Thai-Cambodian border, Si Sa Ket province. It was built in the reign of King Suriyavarman I around 1038 A.D.
Khao Phra Wihan at Ancient Siam is an artificial hill 54 meters high, 66 meters wide and with a steep slope. Khao Pra Wihan provides an excellent vantage point from which to look out over the whole area.

Well, the weather started to get really hot. So, we started to just take photos from the trolley. Here are a little bit of this and that.

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Anonymous said...

That's really beautiful, I would love to go there someday<3 love your blog(:

Bay said...

Thanks :D

CrazyCris said...

Looks a bit like Mini Europe in Bruxelles, only bigger! Fun! :o)

Bay said...

hehe yeah, pity that I have never went to Mini Europe in Bruxelles, I had its brochure but never had a chance (again) - -"

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