Group Tour on Nov. 19th → The Ancient City (Muang Boran in Thai)

The Ancient City (Muang Boran in Thai), dubbed as the world's largest outdoor museum, is located close to the Crocodile Farm in Bangpoo, Samut Prakan province, about 33 km southeast of central Bangkok. Ancient City spreads over 200 acres (0.81 km2) in the shape of Thailand. It was constructed in 1963 under the patronage of Lek Viriyaphant (1914 - 2000) , who was also responsible for the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya and the Erawan Museum in Samut Prakan. He had a passion on preserving the country’s cultural heritage, history and art.

The 320-hectare 'city' features 116 structures of Thailand's famous monuments and architectural attractions. The grounds of Ancient City correspond roughly to the shape of the Kingdom, with 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.

The Ancient City is like an open book of history and an open door to the real Thailand. Here you will find numerous reproductions of palace halls, temples, stupas, stone sanctuaries and traditional houses. You can also visit several reconstructed historical buildings, authenticated communities with their inhabitants doing their daily chores and sample villages from all regions of the country.

All participant has a free-day in the Ancient City after entrance. You could visit the spots you are interested. The following are some representative spots in it.

Dusit Maha Prasat Palace

Dusit Maha Prasat Palace in the Grand Palace, Bangkok was built in 1806 in the reign of King Rama I as an audience hall. Renovations in the reign of King Rama III completely changed the original design. The replica in Muang Boran is based on the original design obtained through research and old photos.

Sanphet Prasat Palace in Ayutthaya

Sanphet Prasat Palace in Ayutthaya which was burnt to the ground in 1767 when the Burmese destroyed the city. Only the brick base of the palace remains today. The replica in Ancient City is based on the original design.

Floating market

The cluster of buildings in this floating market was removed from the original site and rebuilt in Muang Boran. There are several restaurants here and it’s a pleasant place to stop for a meal, drinks and so on.

Noen Prasat

Noen Prasat, all that remains of the old palace is in front of Wat Maha That in old Sukhothai Kingdom. It was recovered in 1833 AD, during the reign of King Rama III. The famous four-side stone inscription pf Pho Khun Ram Kamhaeng is more important. The display in Muang Boran is a duplicate of the original.

Wat Maha That

Here are two scaled models of ruins in Wat Maha That in Muang Boran on a scale of 1:4 to the originals in Sukhothai. The western sector of Muang Boran consists of creative designs to represent religious concepts and beliefs.

Bodhisattva Avalokitesavara

Avalokiteśvara is a bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. Bodhisattva Avalokitesavara (Kuan Yin) depicts the benevolent Goddess of Mercy performing a miracle to fend off evil forces. This is a good place for you in Ancient City once you feel hot.

Pavilion of the Enlightened

The Pavilion of the Enlightened symbolizes the story of 500 monks from different cultural backgrounds who attained Nirvana. It's a stunning structure. The pavilion stood 10 ft. (3 m) off the ground. A lavish golden dome covered the platform.

Chedi of Cham Thewi

Chedi of Cham Thewi was constructed during that period and named after Princess Chan Thewi the first ruler who reigned for 54 years. In the 13th C, Hariphunchai was incorporated into the Lanna kingdom in Chiang Mai.

Prasat Phimai Nakhon Ratchasima

Prasat Phimai in Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) built in the 11th C AD. The temple has a distinctive feature; it faces south east, the direction of Angkor, instead of east like other Khmer temples. The temple was restored from 1963 – 1969 with technical assistance from the French team who restored Angkor Wat.

Prasat Phanom Rung, Buri Ram

Prasat Phanom Rung in Buri Ram which was built from 10th - 13th C AD on an extinct volcano. The monastery is dedicated to Shiva. The scaled model looks very much like the original in Buri Ram. However, the model appears to have a reddish tone whereas the original version is of a lighter shade.

Prasat Sikhoraphum in Surin

These five 32m high pagodas of Prasat Sikhoraphum in Surin were built in the 12th C. The monument is the pride of the province which is also famous for its annual elephant roundup.

The Prasat Phra Viharn

This 9th C temple, dedicated to Shiva, is 900 m long built along a north south axis instead of facing east and sits on a hill 600 m high. However, these ancient ruins are not in Thailand but in Cambodia. The temple is closed to the public from 2009. So the closest you can get to this temple is the scaled down version at Muang Boran.