Ancient Siam, or in Thai Muang Boran, is known to be the world’s largest outdoor museum. It is located just outside of Bangkok in Samut Prakan province, close to the famous Crocodile Farm.
This spacious city features 109 scaled-down replicas of Thailand’s most famous monuments and architectural attractions on a land covering some 320 acres. The expanse of the Ancient City is shaped to replicate the grounds of the Kingdom, with each of the monuments placed according to their geographic location in real-life.
Some of the attractions are life-sized replicas of existing or former sites, while others are scaled-down to a third of their actual size.
To ensure accuracy of all replicas, they were constructed with the assistance of experts from the National Museum to provide visitors an excellent reflection of Thailand’s ancient culture and how it used to look like. Also, the Ancient City is a great alternative to all visitors who may not get a chance to see all of the Kingdom’s architectural wonders, and to revive sites that were destroyed in the past.
Some of the most outstanding and impressive works are the recreations of the former Grand Palace of Ayutthaya which was destroyed by the Burmese in 1767; the Phimai Sanctuary which is located in Nakhon Ratchasima; and the Wat Khao Phra Viharn located on the Cambodian border.
Attractions – What to see
There are also many examples of typical Thai houses from the past with distinct styles according to different regions of the country, such as the typical central Thai house which consists of several individual single-room buildings around an elevated platform; sculptures from the Thai epic story, the Ramakien, a display of the Royal Barge procession, and a model Thai village in which craftsmen produce ceramics, paper umbrellas and lacquer items for sale.
The serene and rich statue has a very interesting history to it. When the Burmese were about to sack the city, it was covered in plaster to hide its value from the invaders. It remained disguised for two centuries and thought to be worth very little. It was only 1957, in the process of reinstalling it, that accidentally some of the plaster peeled off after a work accident, and the beautiful golden image was exposed.
This immensely valuable statue, in pure gold remains an architectural delight and one of the most fascinating tourist draws to the country.
Getting around in Ancient Siam
Being so spacious, it can take a whole day to visit the entire theme park. However, it is a great alternative to get away from the city for a while, and enjoy the relaxed and calm atmosphere of the Ancient City, with its beautifully decorated gardens and a collection of breathtaking historical monuments and architectural attractions.
While walking through the entire park would be too laborious, the park now lends bicycles which are included as part of the admission fee. Also, a mini-rail service with a guide in Thai is available that stops at different parts of the park, working itself through the South to the North.
For hungry visitors, there are numerous small food shops spread throughout the park which offer basic Thai food to a fair price. Those who like to lunch with a bit more class and with a touch of traditional Thai experience, the park offers lunch in a restaurant on a recreation of a Thai floating market.
Opening Time: 8.00am – 5.00pm
Entrance Fee: 100 Baht per person
Location: Phra Nakhon
Phone Number: 02-225-9595