Historic elephant palace in Ayutthaya to get Bt30 million makeover

via The Nation, 06 May 2018:

The Fine Arts Department will spend Bt30 million on improving the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace & Royal Kraal. Sacred and rare rituals will be carried out at the facility on Monday to mark the start of conservation efforts.

Source: Historic elephant palace in Ayutthaya to get Bt30 million makeover – The Nation

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Hefty fines up to B1m for drying clothes at historical sites

via Bangkok Post, 30 April 2018:

AYUTTHAYA: Repeated offenders who turn national heritage sites into their laundry-drying places could pay a heavy price, a Fine Arts Department official warned on Monday.

Source: Hefty fines up to B1m for drying clothes at historical sites

Preserving history

via Bangkok Post, 30 April 2018:

Ruins and ancient sites are always under threat from time and disaster. The great flood of 2011, for instance, damaged 128 archeological sites on and around the city island of Ayutthaya. After the incident, the government provided a budget of 600 million baht for the clean-up and restoration work, and there was also financial and technical aid from Unesco, as well as certain foreign countries.

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Superstition helps protect heritage, says park director

via Bangkok Post, 26 April 2018:

AYUTTHAYA: The return of an ancient brick souvenired from the famous Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya Historical Park is proof that superstitious belief helps protect the old temple, according to park director Sukanya Baonerd.

Source: Superstition helps protect heritage, says park director

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นักธรณีฟิสิกส์พบโครงสร้างปริศนาใต้วัดไชยฯ อยุธยา

via MGR Online, 31 March 2018: A research team at Wat Chaiwattanaram in Ayutthaya have detected a possible structure beneath the temple, using Ground-Penetrating Radar and magnetometer surveys. Article is in Thai.

นักธรณีฟิสิกส์ใช้เรดาร์และการวัดค่าสนามแม่เหล็กสำรวจวัดไชยวัฒนาราม จ.อยุธยา ในการปฏิบัติงานเพื่อช่วยกรมศิลป์บูรณปฏิสังขรณ์และอนุรักษ์โบราณสถาน แล้วพบโครงสร้างปริศนาที่ยังไม่ทราบว่าคืออะไร เบื้องต้นส่งข้อมูลเพื่อให้หน่วยงานที่รับผิดชอบโดยตรงนำไปศึกษาต่อ

Source: นักธรณีฟิสิกส์พบโครงสร้างปริศนาใต้วัดไชยฯ อยุธยา

Dramatic love for heritage

via Bangko Post, 29 March 2018:

Ketsurang, a plump archaeologist, inadvertently travels back in time from the present day to the reign of the Ayutthaya Kingdom’s King Narai the Great (1656-1688) over 300 years ago. Her soul resides in the body of a gorgeous yet mean woman, Karaket, whose soul left her body for hell due to her severe sins. While in the Ayutthaya Kingdom, she is mesmerised by the traditional way of life and the stunning beauty of palaces, temples, rivers, markets and forts. The novel-turned-TV series Bupphesanniwat (Love Destiny) is very popular nationwide and tens of thousands fans flock to Ayutthaya to visit the ancient sites.

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Ayutthaya sees increasing number of tourists

via NNT, in Pattaya Mail, 26 March 2018:

Ayutthaya – The ancient province of Ayutthaya, is enjoying an increase in the number of visitors, boosting the local economy and people’s incomes. Ayutthaya Governor Sujin Chaichumsuk said that a rise in the number of tourists has been apparent since the period drama “Buppesannivas” premiered and became a must-watch show for Thai citizens. Buppesannivas has […]

Source: Ayutthaya sees increasing number of tourists – Pattaya Mail

Famous Ayutthaya temple extends hours for tourist influx

via Bangkok Post, 25 March 2018:

Tourists have a rare chance to see the magnificent Wat Chaiwattaram at night after the historic park in Ayutthaya decided to extend opening hours at the temple.

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Ayutthaya Historical Park seeks cooperation from tourists visiting Chai Wattanaram temple

via Thai PBS, 22 March 2018:

Ayutthaya Historical Park yesterday asked tourists visiting the Chai Wattanaram temple not to sit, stand or lean on the balcony around the main stupa of the temple after several bricks were broken and spalled.

Source: Ayutthaya Historical Park seeks cooperation from tourists visiting Chai Wattanaram temple

Fire damages four Wat buildings at historical Ayutthaya site

via The Nation, 18 March 2018

Four century-old monastic residence buildings within Wat Senasanaram located on Ayutthaya’s city island were damaged by fire early Sunday morning.

Source: Fire damages four Wat buildings at historical Ayutthaya site – The Nation