The Ancient City in Samut Prakan (Muang Boran)
The late Ayutthaya became rich and well-known among foreigners as one of the important trade cities in Southeast Asia.
The royal barges, adapted from war ships, were used in many important state ceremonies such as the reception of the royal guests and the royal procession welcoming diplomats and carrying royal letters or commands, the king went to pay homage to the Buddha’s Footprints in Saraburi and when he performed rites in the Katin Festival.
The procession exhibited at Ancient City is painstakingly constructed based on real barges which have been used since the late Ayutthaya period. While the construction of the graceful barges has proved the prosperity of the long-established Siamese civilization, the barges reflect the traditional Thai way of life which relied very much on public waterways, rivers and canals.