Hence, the Ancient City can’t be included with the replicas or miniature cities, but it is by its own virtue the reflection of the old-day cities, bringing the Thai back to touch and feel the ancient Siam Kingdom.
About the concept behind the Ancient City, we found it in “the Desire to Erect the Ancient City,” the words of heart from the originating couple. We proudly quote some extracts: “the Ancient City is the city in the past…Today events have the root from the past…past events are thus something the present generation need to know, for if we knew not our past, we were simply sailing without compass and helm…” …Damage is the child of ignorance, but worse is false knowledge. The more one falsely knows, the quicker the castastrophe…Everything in the universe arises from appropriateness of the nature…why, of the cultures and traditions left behind by our ancestors, are some neglected and some destroyed despite their rightness for our society and environment?
As the result, I wish that all human fellows acknowledge our cultures and traditions as I am convinced that it would be useful to all human beings, at least as a reminder for those getting lost in the modern world. This is my objective of erecting “the Ancient City” with the hope to correct the vice in our present society…”
Khun Lek and Khun Prapai Wiriyapan, the originator of the Ancient City, established this place for the sake of all people, including Thais and other human fellows, thinking of “others’ benefits” than “personal benefits.”
It’s hard to estimate the exact cost, for the Ancient city construction didn’t follow the “blueprint” or wasn’t completed in the same contact. It, however, is the city that has been growing gradually with its own evolution and constant dynamics for nearly half the century.
We can conclude the meanings of these places which reflect their association with the simply phrase “3 awareness.”
“The Ancient City” aims to wake up the awareness of Thailand and the varied races and tribes inhabiting on this land in different aspects.
“The Erawan Museum” is intended to convey the awareness of oriental believes toward cosmology.
“The Truth Palace” promotes awareness and learning of eastern philosophy, especially about life (meanings, goals, and ideals), attitudes about religious morality and world-pillar virtues, relationship between human beings and their surroundings, and living together in peace.
In general, the Ancient City is the reflection of the variety of traditional cultures in Thai Kingdom, demonstrated through the verisimilitude and magnificent presentation, a wide range of architectural symbols combined with fine arts and craftsmanship, structural layout and natural environment that integrate harmoniously. This creates kind of atmosphere that induces visitors to perceive and appreciate the continuity of history, cultures, religions, arts and customs of Thai people from dawn until now.
The Ancient City, therefore, is the place which brings Thai people back to the root of Thainess, bolstering the pride in cultural heritage accumulated by our forefathers and passed on to the later generations. The foreign visitors can also feel the essence of Thai lifestyles.
The Ancient City is then comparable to the historical record opening to learn freely and revealing the profound Thai wisdom. Moreover, the creation of historical symbols and relevant environments helps well reflect the patterns of thought and feeling within Thai society and culture. Even the new formulation of novel artistic concepts, such as the Sumeru Mountain, Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Kuan-yin), Performing a Miracle, or The Garden of the Gods, all reflect religions, thinking systems, and belief systems of the people in Thai society. As the result, it can’t help to commend that the Ancient City is a valuable attraction worth visiting of all Thai and foreign visitors.