It is said that the first maker of candy flossand roti wraps was a Muslim vendor, Bang Pia Saeng-aroon, who started his small business in 1963, riding a bicycle to sell his product until he became well-known. Later, he persuaded his six siblings to join him in making cotton candy for sale. The Saeng-aroons thus started to expand the site of their family business along U-thong Road and the Asian Highway. Bang Pia also gave his recipe to his students, so that they could make a living from selli
The Ayutthaya Elephant Camp was established in 1997 with the backing of the Department of Fine Arts and the Tourism Authority of Thailand. It collaborates with the Phra Kochabaan Foundation in an attempt to conserve the Thai elephant, to set up a standard system of elephant rearing, and to initiate an Elephant Reproduction Project or Elephant Weddings for the first time in the world. The project has been a success and has resulted in a number of baby elephants being born in the corral. The Ay
Archbishop Langbert Edlamote, Head of the Missionaries from Paris and one of the seven Heads of Mission appointed by the Pope to disseminate Christianity in the Far East, arrived in Ayutthaya in 1662. Initially, he aimed to teach Christianity in China but his ship was wrecked in a storm and, anyway, at that time Christianity was being violently suppressed in China, so the Archbishop decided to reside in the Vietnamese camp in Ayutthaya. In 1666, during the reign of King Narai the Great, Arch
Ban Hua Laem, Tambon Tha Wasukri and Ban Rattana Chai, Tambon Pratu Chai, on the City Isle of Ayutthaya. The woven palm-leaf carp mobile is a symbol of abundance because the fish reach full maturity at the same time as when rice yields its grain. Woven palm-leaf carps are usually hung as mobiles over babies’ cradles as a way of blessing them with good health. They are items that people who visit Ayutthaya love to buy for souvenirs. The Muslims in Ban Hua Laem have handed down this craft to
The Elephant Round-up Ceremony is an ancient ceremony performed solely by order of a monarch. The Department of Royal Elephant Husbandry and the Senior Brahmins at court were responsible for this royal command ceremony which started with allowing a herd of wild elephants to stay temporarily in an area annexed to the corral before leading 40 to 50 of them into the corral. There, they would be examined for the desired characteristics and if proved unsatisfactory would be sent back to their natur
Chao Phrakhun Takia Mosque or Takia Yokhin Ratchamit Chincha Siam Mosque is an old mosque that was built during the Ayutthaya Period. To the side is the site of a cemetery erected in an octagonal structure with a domed top, which is believed to be the resting place of Chao Phrakhun Takia Yokhin, who was a well-respected Muslim in this area. The items displayed inside the mosque demonstrate the significance of this place; for instance, the lectern and the lamp were gifts from King Chulalongkorn
Wat Phanan Choeng is a temple that pre-dates the Ayutthaya period, as such there are no clear records of its construction, apart from the Northern Royal Chronicle, in which it talks about a relationship between Phra Chao Sai Nam Peung and Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak. The story ends with sadness and loss; Phra Chao Sai Nam Peung ordered the construction of a temple at the funeral site of Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak and named it Wat Phra Nang Choeng. Additionally, there is a Chinese shrine called “Chao Mae
Ayothaya Floating Market was conceived from the idea that it should be the place to reflect the way of life of the people of Ayutthaya whose lives have been close to and related to rivers. The Market is divided into 16 zones, which are named after different districts of Ayutthaya Province. For example, Bang Sai Market sells basketry; Bang Ban Market sells desserts and souvenirs while Bang Pahan Market features roti, desserts and souvenirs; Sena Market sells fresh prawns and baked fish and a la