Muang Boran - Ancient City, Bangkok

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    Muang Boran ~ Kuan-Yin Performing a Miracle

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara Kuan-Yin Performing a Water Miracle

    The Bodhisttva Avalokitesvara is also honoured as Kuan-Yin, the preserver of the Buddha, is set in the crown above the deity's forehead. Upholding Buddhism means that justice is maintained. The deity conquers the malevolent forces that threaten humanity by performing a miracle which frightens away evil spirits.

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    Muang Boran ~ Mondop of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Goddess of Mercy

    Favorite thing: Mondop of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (the Goddess of Mercy Kuan-Yin)

    There continues to be new works - this is a large statue of Kuan Ying, the Goddess of Mercy, carved from a single huge block of wood.

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    Muang Boran ~ Prang Sam Yod, Lop Buri

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Prang Sam Yod, Lop Buri

    Favorite thing: Prang Sam Yod, Lop Buri
    Prang Sam Yod means the Three Spired Sanctuary, was once a Mahayana Buddhist shrine complex.
    This is a typical Lopburi style. The old Khmer masterbuilders erected this triple-tower structure in accordance with the Mahayan a belief in the Trinity, or the three fold Body of the Lord Buddha, namely the Dharmakaya, the Dharma body on the threshold of Nivana, the Sambhogakaya, the Body of Purity that has won the right to enter Nirvana. The central tower and shrine once contained an image of the Adi-Buddha (the Original Buddha), while the other two towers once housed statues of Avalokitesvara and Prajna Paramita, goddess of the Mahayana pantheon.

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    Muang Boran ~ Mondop of the Lord Buddha's Foot

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Mondop of the Lord Buddha's Footprints

    Favorite thing: The Mondop of the Lord Buddha's Footprints at Saraburi

    The footprints of the Lord Buddha at Saraburi has been a sacred place of pilgrimage since the Ayutthaya period. The interior of the mondop housing the footprints is decorated with glass inlay, an decorative style popular during the reign of King Prasat Thong and King Narai the Great. Actually, the impression of the Lord Buddha's footprints at Muang Boran was presented President Venkatagiri of India in 1972.

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    Ancient City ~ Muang Boran

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Muang Boran

    Favorite thing: Muang Boran is situated 33 km from Bangkok, is a mere 45-minutes drive from the heart of the city. The ancient city is opened everyday from 8 in the morning till 5 in the evening. You can rent a bicycle to tour the large 320 odd acres of land with varied landscape comparable in shape and form to the whole country of Thailand.

    Add: Km.33 Old Sukhumvit Highway, Samut Prakarn Province, Bangpoo, Thailand.

    Tele +66-(0)2-323 9253

    To get there, take air-conditioned bus number 11 to the terminus and then minibus number 36, which passes by the entrance to the site. Admission costs 50 baht for adults, 25 baht for children. Discounts are available for group tours.

    Fondest memory: The founder of Ancient City is Sia Lek, a Chinese-descendent businessman who was highly successful as a Mercedes Benz dealer. Sia Lek developed his interest in Thai arts as part of a highly personal search for values in life. Rather than put his wealth into the pursuit of more material gains, he resolved to give something back to society.

    But funny this place is not popular among the locals; most of the visitors are international tourists. The lack of promotion means that only a thousand or so people visit the Ancient City in an average month. Continuing maintenance costs are borne by the Viriyahbhan family. However, the financial burden could one day prove to be too great, says a worried Assoc Prof Srisakra Vallibhotama, a well-known historian and an adviser to Sia Lek. Today, the project is under taken by the founder son after his passing away several years back.

    Sia Lek once wrote: "In order to grasp the significance of Muang Boran, one must acquire a broad knowledge of Thai history and culture, not by viewing each separate manifestation in isolation, but by approaching it as an integral part of a unified whole.

    "But one should realise that each structure, reflecting as it does the great splendour of the past, was not constructed in isolation from the next. Each one relates to another in such a way that it conveys a certain meaning in terms of our historical, social and cultural achievements. Therefore, visitors to Muang Boran should not limit themselves to viewing each thing in isolation."

    In this open museum you will find numerous reproductions of palace halls, temples, stupas, stone sanctuaries, and traditional Thai houses plus reconstructed historical buildings, anthenticated communities representing many different villages of the country.

    The replicas were constructed with the assistance of experts from the National Museum to ensure historical accuracy.

    Come and take a tour with me.....

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    Muang Boran ~ The Sanphet Prasat Palace

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The Sanphet Prasat Palace
    Nobody have ever seen the palace - becos it was ruined...bu this building was built based on imagination. It is considered a true symbol both of the old capital of Ayutthaya as well as of Muang Boran. Samples of various murals, hand- painted motifs, wood-carvings, archaeological finds, old documents and references were used as part of a comprehensive research effort prior to actual construction.


    The Sanphet Prasat Palace, symbol of the Ancient City, which can be found nowhere else.

    More than 10 billion baht are said to have been invested in the faultlessly accurate reproductions and other works at the Ancient City. The owner's investment of time, mental, physical and spiritual strength is incalculable.

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    Muang Boran ~ The Sanphet Prasat Palace Singha

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Singha Sculpture

    Favorite thing: Singha - most people know it as a brand of popular Thai beer...now they even have Singha gold mainly for exports but in some restaurant they are serving it.

    Singha anyway is a lion..but funny - it sometimes has wings as well!!!

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    Muang Boran - The Sanphet Prasat Palace

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The interior is richly and appropriately decorated with giltwork and glass in- lay patterns. The murals, depicting the story of Narai in ten different reincarnations were superbly executed by the master painter, Prof. Sanan Silakorn. On several occasions from the reign of King Phra Boromatrilokanart onwards, this great palace served as the official hall for royal functions, such as the Coronation Ceremony, and acted as the Audience Hall for foreign ambassadors and envoys during the reign of King Narai the Great. On February 11,1972, the Sanphet Prasat Palace at Muang Boran served as the official reception hall during Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of English's state visit to Thailand.

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    Muang Boran ~ Viharn at Wat Phra Si Sanphet

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The Viharn at Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Ayutthaya

    The Phra Sri Sanphet Wihan was built in 1499 during 8 the reign of Ramathibodi II to house a standing Buddha image.

    The statue, called called Phra Sri Sanphet, was originally cast in bronze and then gilded with a total of 346.5 kilograms of fine gold. This gold Buddha statue remained the city's principal image until 1767 when the invading Burmese built a fire around it in order to remove all the precious metal; all that was left was a shapeless lump of bronze.

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    Muang Boran ~ Grand Palace

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The Dusit Maha Prasat Palace ~ Grand Palace is porbably the most famous and the oldest palace in Bangkok. This duplicate construction at Muang Boran is meticulously based on the principal sturcture which is believed to be in the original architectural and decorative style. You can awe at the hand-painted decorative motifs on the pillars and posts of the interior are taken from detailed studies of the base of the Reclining Buddha at Wat Phra Chetuphon in Bangkok, the ceiling and the woodwork from some private museums, and the giltwork between the windows, depicting the 12- Month Royal Ceremony, from Wat Nang Nong in Thonburi.

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    Muang Boran ~ The Great Battle of Yuthahathi

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The Great Battle of Yuthahathi

    During the Ayutthaya era (1350-1767 A.D.), the kingdom was under Burmese rule for 15 years. King Naresuan the Great rose up against the invaders and liberated Siam from the Burmese yoke by winning the battle of Yuthahathi. Phra Maha Uparacha, the Burmese Prince and Commanding General, was killed in a royal duel fought on elephant-back. The Battle of Yuthahathi took place in Tambon Nongsarai of Suphanburi Province at a site known as Don-Chedi.

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    Muang Boran ~ The Buddha Image of Dvaravati Period

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The Buddha Image of Dvaravati Period

    Based on existing archaeological evidence, it is generally recognized that the city of Nakhon Chaisri was the largest and most ancient in Southeast Asia, dating back 1,200 years

    Now it is known as Nakhon Pathom, it is the religious centre of the Buddhism.
    The many grand stupas and Buddha statues,of stucco and stone, erected in this city, testify to the fact that in form and style the original finds were of the Dvaravati period.

    The evolution of Buddhist art in Thailand can clearly be traced from this great statue. It is widely recognized that the size and proportions of the statue represent one of the finest examples of the Dvaravati style.

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    Muang Boran ~ Scripture Repository n Bell Tower

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Muang Boran

    Favorite thing: The Scripture Repository and The Bell Tower

    This repository houses the Tripitaka, the entire collection of Buddhist Scriptures, originally came from Wat Bang Yai at Bang Khonthi in Samut Songkhram province.

    In ancient days the repositories rested on piles and stood in the middle of specially-constructed artificial ponds to protect the delicate palm-leaf manuscripts from white ants and other parasites.

    This repository sits in the centre a pond.

    The outside walls of the repository contain valuable old murals depicting the life of the Lord Buddha. Beside the Scripture Repository is the Bell Tower, obtained from the same monastery.

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    Muang Boran - Old Market

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Muang Boran - Old Market

    Favorite thing: The Old Market Town or Talad Bok was recreated give the vistiro the feel of the old days in Thailand community ... somehow it gave me memories of back in my childhood days in Kuala Lumpur city...although there are lots of differences.
    There are shops selling all kinds of goods - goldsmith complete with the small cupboards. barber shop. opium den etc.

    There are also examples of entertainment centers such as theaters and casinos, puppet shows etc. There are also religious monuments like the spirit houses standing side by side in the community.

    The residential quarters in the old market town are inspired by those standing along the ancient road in Tak Province together with the local shops in Kamphaeng Phet. The traditional Thai houses are taken from an old community in Yan Nawa, Bangkok.

    Fondest memory: You can buy some souveniers here...I particularly liked the wooden birds with the wings strapped by elastic fishing line...when the wind blows it flaps~!!!!

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    Muang Boran ~ Royal Barges Procession

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Royal Barges Procession

    Favorite thing: These are replicas of the royal barges which were used in the Royal Barge Processions of King Rama V period.

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