Ayutthaya sundown: Experience history at night in special event

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Ayutthaya Historical Park has invited the public to the Ayutthaya Sundown event at Wat Chaiwatthanaram, a significant historical site. The event, aimed at promoting Thailand’s soft power policy, allows visitors to explore the ancient temple at night from today to November 21.

The initiative, supported by the government’s Thailand Creative Content Agency (THACCA), is geared towards making Thailand a global cultural tourism destination.

The Ayutthaya Sundown event at Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya province is open for viewing every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and on public holidays from now until December 31. The historical park announced the special five-night event from 6pm to 10pm, with the last entry at 9pm.

The park encourages visitors to dress in Thai traditional costumes and capture the beautifully illuminated ancient site as a keepsake.

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Chai Wacharong, the government spokesperson, stated that the Ayutthaya Sundown event is designed to boost the local economy and promote Thai culture. Wat Chaiwatthanaram, a historical temple from the Ayutthaya period, is situated along the Chao Phraya River.

It was constructed during the reign of King Prasat Thong and features the Phra Prang Sri Rattana Mahathat, a central prang surrounded by smaller prangs. Entry fees are 10 baht for Thais and 50 baht for foreigners, with Thai traditional costume rental available at affordable prices, reported KhaoSod.

From today till November 21, the Ayutthaya Sundown event will showcase various activities. These include traditional Thai music performances by the Fine Arts Department and the Pak Hai Sutthapramukh School on November 17 and 21.

A Sundown Talk titled What Really Happened Behind the Wat Rajaburana Collapse Event? (Part 1) will be held by the National Museum Chao Sam Phraya on November 18. A podcast about the significant elements within Wat Chaiwatthanaram will be aired on November 19. However, no activities are planned for November 20, but the temple will be open for night visits as usual.

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