Sunday, December 21, 2014

Ancient Siam

Ancient Siam (formerly known as Ancient City) (Thai: เมืองโบราณ, Mueang Boran) is a park constructed under the patronage of Lek Viriyaphant and spreading over 200 acres (0.81 km2) in the shape of Thailand.
The founder's original idea was to create a golf course with miniatures of Thailand's historically significant structures spread around the course. During his research he found most structures being severely damaged over time and decided instead of creating new miniatures to save the original structures when possible or re-creating them full size or scaled down.
Ancient Siam is dubbed as the world's largest outdoor museum. Situated close to the Crocodile Farm in Samut Prakan province, the 320-hectare city features 116 structures of Thailand's famous monuments and architectural attractions. The grounds of Ancient Siam correspond roughly to the shape of the Kingdom, with each of the monuments lying at their correct places geographically. Some of the buildings are life-size replicas of existing or former sites, while others are scaled down.
The replicas were constructed with the assistance of experts from the National Museum to ensure historical accuracy. Outstanding works include the former Grand Palace of Ayutthaya (destroyed in the Burmese invasion of 1767), Phimai Sanctuary in Nakhon Ratchasima, and Wat Khao Phra Viharn on the Cambodian border.
Ancient Siam is located on the old Sukhumvit Highway, about 33 km south-east of central Bangkok. Golf carts and bicycles can be hired for moving around the park, and private vehicles are also allowed at a fee.
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L-t-R:  Elder and Sister Moleff, Sister Than, Sister Petchfa, Brother Max - he owns the cab that drove us to Ancient Siam, the sea and the Crock and Tiger Park

Sister Petchfa, Map of Ancient Siam, Sister Moleff
Replica of Thai village

Craftsman working on metal

 5th King of Siam (Rama 5)  freed slaves, 100 wives, many children. Beloved by the Thais.

Kings desk

We wanted to take their picture.  They asked us to join them

We ate lunch close by

A wedding.  We wanted to take their picture.  They asked us to join them.

The Andaman sea behind Sister Moleff.  No beach with sand where we were.   Seagulls come in the evening, and when tide goes out you can see the crabs below.

He said go see some movie called King Kong if you want my Family History

This gives new meaning to the saying you got a tiger by the tail

Some contacts just fight to get back in the water and be baptized

This bubbled eyed fish walks on the ground and climbs trees

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