Dusit Maha Prasat Palace - Detail (above) and facade (below). This is Thailand's Grand Palace located in the capital of Bangkok. This palace has an area of 218,400 sq. metres and is surrounded by walls built in 1782. Muang Boran's founder considers this as one of his top 3 "re-creations" in terms of attention to detail.
Also emphasized was the more palpable concept of ignorance: “Great harm is derived from ignorance; but more harm is caused by not knowing truly, and yet pretending to know.” He referred to it as “ruinous”. Then he continued further on the precepts of morality, population, advancement of science, environment, right nucleus, and culture. However these beliefs are interpreted, Mr. Wiriyapan (Viriyaphant) must be right – he must know something that we don’t – or there wouldn’t be a Muang Boran - spectacularly realized concept!
His message was concluded by quoting an old saying – “To build a hill, a lump of earth has its own value.” Then he compared this with a traveler. He added, “Each of his (the traveler’s) steps contributes and has its own value. To complete the building of one hill, it has to depend on the first lump of earth. And to reach the end of a journey, it has to depend on the first step!” I like him already!
To my mind, there is a part of
I have to warn every visitor, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the succession of sites. It is hard to take down notes and name every structure or you’d end up writing them down three days hence! As a result, some of the photos here need labels. (Note: I’d appreciate some help if you can identify the unlabelled photos.)
Meals can be had at the “Old Market Town” (#10 from your map) or at one of the small shops surrounding the Floating Market (#45) for your Thai halo halo or Nam Keng Sae (crushed ice mixed with colored sweeteners, beans, coconut byproducts, fruits, etc) and local meal (very affordable – my own chicken rice meal was just 30 baht).
The area is shaped like the
By the time I was hopping off at the 2nd half of my visit, I was already shaking my head! Visiting every site was close to impossible since I got there close to midday. My shirt – that had dried up after getting soaked with sweat – was soaked once more! I was flushed and my hair was matted with perspiration! Even the strap of my knapsack was drenched with sweat! Haha. As my 7th tram ride glided through northeast
It’s also hard to pick a favorite. But the Old Market Town (#10) and Floating Market (#45)– seen in Muslim-majority south Thailand - would be easy picks since they conjure water towns populated with cottages on stilts. They also serve as an oasis from the truly harsh summer sun! I took my time drying my sweat and catching breath while taking my lunch, watching little boats glide gracefully through the lakes.You can walk through bridges to cross cottages that rise from these canals. You can have your lunch or buy your souvenirs or pasalubongs (gifts). The Pavillion of the Enlightened (#110) rises from a mini-lake and the gleam of its golden halls just overpowers; it is such a sight to behold in the afternoon sun! The Royal Water-Course Procession (#104) is another graceful poetry in sight, the way these series of delightful royal boats snake serenely through the lake. The Sukhotai wats (#42) in
Just to mention some of the 116 structures listed – The Royal Strand (#1), The City Sala (#5), I-Nao Garden, the Manohra Garden, Stupa of Phra Maha That (Nakhon Si Thammarat), Tiger King’s Palace in Phetchaburi, Khun Phaen House, Dusit Maha Prasat Palace (Bangkok’s Grand Palace), Thee Pagodas Pass in Kanchanaburi, Chom Thong Palace Hall in Ayutthaya, Fruit-shaped Tower in Chai Nat, Krai Thong Garden, Lotus-Bud Tower, Ho Kham in Lampang, Wihan at Sa-Moeng in Chiang Mai, Phra Chedi Sri Song Rak in Loei, Phra That Phanom in Nakhon Pathom, Thai-Songdam Village, the Churning of the Ocean, Wat Nimit in Trat, Sumeru Mountain, Sala of 80 Yogi, the Rainbow Bridge, and many more.
Sanphet Prasat Palace in Ayuthhaya is unfortunately completely ruined, but its founder researched every inch of its architecture thus this reproduction. This palace is considered by the founder as his masterpiece, outside and in.
Footprints of the lord Buddha in Saraburi. The recreation of the footprint was a gift from an Indian King. Wat Phra Phutabhat - where a 5-ft footprint of the lord Buddha is entombed in Saraburi. The said footprint was found by a wandering hunter. When the waters filled the footprint, the hunter bathed in it and all his wounds immediately disappeared.
The Bench of Public Appeals at Muang Boran is a long Thai style hall covered by a tiled roof. The bargeboard reflects the influence of Sangalok kilns of Sukhothai. The doorway is an example of the post-lintel type of construction, while the post, from which the bell was hung, is also a fine example of primitive wooden architecture. A bell has been hung outside the entrance to the court in accordance with the aforementioned stone inscription of the Sukhothai era. This was under the reign of a well loved and just king Pho Khun Ram Kamhaeng. In his kingdom, anyone with grievances can summon the king by just ringing the bell in the vicinity of the Bench of Appeals.
I got myself 2 cans of Coke and downed them one after the other. I was thinking of the hazards of polydipsia, but was wary of dehydration and heat exhaustion too. It was that hot! Once recovered, it was time to head back to the big city. I made my way out of the parking area and through a footbridge to the highway. This was Kilometer 33 of Sukhumvit Road.
To get back to
This is the Eye in the Sky!
Visit their site at www.ancientcity.com. The park is open daily from 8AM to 5PM. Entrance fees for farangs are 300 baht for adults and 200 baht for children, and 150 baht for locals.
I-Nao Garden - The I-Nao tale is actually an Indonesian folklore introduced to the Thais during the Ayudhaya period and translated into the Thai language by King Rama II. This is the Javanese legendary romance between Prince Inao and Princess Budsaba set in the ancient city of Muang Kulaypan. Presently, the I-Nao Garden is in Koh Samui.