Japanese exhibition opens in Ayutthaya

A new permanent exhibition featuring the contributions of two prominent Japanese who lived in the Ayutthaya period opens in Ayutthaya earlier this week.

Princess Maha Chakri opened a Thai-Japanese exhibition in Ayutthaya
National News Bureau of Thailand, 11 February 2015

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn yesterday (Feb 10) proceeded to the Japanese Village in the central district of Ayutthaya, where she presided over the opening of a building designed for permanent exhibition of Yamada Nagamasa Ok Ya Sena Phimuk & Thao Thong Kip Ma (ออกญาเสนาภิมุข and ท้าวทองกีบม้า), two famous Japanese people living in the Ayutthaya period.

The development of the building was supported by the Thai-Japanese Association and private Japanese businesseses in Thailand, meant to celebrate the auspicious occasion of the 60th birthday anniversary of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on April 2, this year. The building is also meant to commemorate the long-standing relationship of more than 600 years between Thailand and Japan.

The Japanese Village has been established through the cooperation of Thai and Japanese academics and the provincial administration of Ayutthaya, to honor His Majesty the King on the occasion of his 60th anniversary in 1987 and to mark the 100th anniversary of the Thai-Japanese diplomatic relations.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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