Ancient City of Muang Boran
The largest privately owned theme park
and open-air museum in the world
Historical Theme Park of Muang Boran
The Ancient City of Muang Boran has got to be one of the most
extraordinary if not spellbinding historical theme parks in Thailand.
It's located on the outskirts of Bangkok on Sukhumvit Road,
in Bang Phu Mai, Samutphrakarn 10280, a sub district of Samut Prakan
Province, only a stone throw away from the city.
Believed to be
the largest privately owned open-air museum in the whole world, this
immensely spacious park covers some 320 acres of land and features 109
replicas of Thailand's most important monuments and architectural
This fascinating theme park not only displays a vast number of reproductions of Thailand's most famous structures at
one third their original size, but also many historically restored buildings and sculptures. All were carefully selected and constructed under the supervision of the very best art historians in Thailand.
Though this particular park is not frequented by hordes of tourists, it may be of great interest to you, should you want to learn a little more about Thai culture and Thai architecture. For these reasons, it could very well be worth a visit.
The park could be described as a mini compact version of Thailand. I believe it was created by a local Mercedes Benz car dealer who was in awe of the arts and culture of the country. So much so that the enormous piece of land on which the replicas stand, resembles an exact blueprint of the map of Thailand.
Reconstructed Ruins of Dvaravati Wihan
Ancient City - Architectural Reconstructions
The entrance to the park is situated at the southern end of the map so to speak and the fee is just 150 Baht for adults and 75 Baht for children. From there, as you stroll around, you'll come across several scaled down versions of some of Thailand's historical architectural masterpieces, each one set in the very regions on which the originals actually stand.
The replicas here are perfect and precise
reconstructions which take on an artificial and overstated version of the genuine artifact. Many appear to be fabricated versions with reference to Thai history,
customs, culture and beliefs. Surat Thani, the Manohra Garden, Dvaravati
Wihan, the Stupas of Phra Borom That and Phra Borom That Chaiya are all such fine examples.
The reconstructed ruins of Dvaravati Wihan are a representation of the Dvaravati Kingdom, whose influence was at the center of Hinayana Buddhism. These ruins flourished in the northeastern region of Thailand for more than a thousand years.
Sumeru Mountain Temple at the Ancient City
Muang Boran Ancient City - Sumeru Mountain
Set among numerous architectural wonders on the grounds of the
park is a replica of Sumeru Mountain, where
various spirits ranging from deities in heaven to devils in hell are
said to reside. According to ancient belief, Sumeru Mountain
is the name of the central world-mountain in Buddhist cosmology. It's
regarded as the pillar of the world and the center of the universe.
Beside the mountain, there are a number of mystical beings such as the strange serpent like creatures called
Nagas who are protective guardians against evil. Garudas
and a few other bizarre and bewildering creatures can also be seen with
each one individually distinguished by their own morality and wisdom.
Fantasy Bridge and Pavilion
What to see in the Ancient City
The ancient city has a fabulous little market place located along a
narrow walking street with loads of shops and stalls on either side
selling various handicrafts and souvenirs. Some of the stuff here is not
seen anywhere else in Thailand so you might want to stop and do some
shopping. It's also a great place to relax awhile.
As you wander
through the park you will notice that there is little left out in terms
of the many ancient structures from around Thailand. It pretty much
caters for all the historical sites, including those of the Ayutthaya and
Sukhothai period. There is even some reconstructive history dating
back the Khmer period, such as that of Prasart Hin Pranomrung, Prasat Hin
Pimai and Prasat Pra Vihan.
There are many distinct variations of architectural masterpieces and sculptures created specially in one confined area ranging from present day temples to old worldly stupas. Many of the traditional structural styles are not only from different periods in Thai history, but there is also a strong Chinese influence here too. Places of interest include the Pavilion of the Enlightened, the Stupa of Prasat Phra Wiharn and the Stupa of Cham Thewi, Lamphun.
Multi-Headed Naga Seapents at Muang Boran
Ancient City of Muang Boran - Segway Tours
While you are here, you can hire a futuristic two-wheeled, self-balancing electric Segway
to tour the grounds. It's a heck of a lot better than trying to walk
the whole distance around the park. It's also a fun way to travel, especially when it gets rather hot during the day. The photo above is an
example of how they look.
It matters not whether you are young
or older, Segways are extremely easy to operate even if you have never
tried one before. Lean forward to move forward, lean back to stop or
reverse. To turn left, push handle bars left and to turn right, push
handle bars right. It's that easy, so go give it your best
A full day Segway Tour of the park will cost you
4,500 Baht including lunch and cold drinks. If you like you could also rent a bicycle for
the day at just 50 Baht - but this one excludes lunch.
Two-Wheeled Electric Segway
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