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Exhibits in Ancient Siam, Muang Boran, Samut Prakan Province, Thailand.

Samut Prakan Province, Page 76, Exhibits in Ancient Siam, The Scripture Repository, The Bell Tower, and a model of the Sanctuary of Truth in Chon Buri.

The Stupa of Phra Maha That, Nakhon Si Thammarat. The monastery is a remarkable architectural reminder of the artistic virtuosity of the southern Thai architects. The Stupa, where the Buddha relics are housed, was built during the reign of King Si Thammasokarat in 555 A.D. when Nakhon Si Thammarat was first established. The structure is obviously influenced by the Singhalese art.

The bell element is an upturned round bowl standing on a rectangular platform and surrounded by a gallery-in ambulatory called Kamphaeng Kaeo. The space between the wall and the Stupa forms a path, normally known as Lan Prataksin, surrounding the relic chedi. At the four corners of the square base stand another four smaller Chedi, each housing a Buddha image in its niches.  At the top of this Chedi is a spherical dew-drop. The Stupa at Muang Boran is smaller than the original one at Nakhon Si Thammarat by one-third.

The Stupa of Phra Maha That, Ratchaburi Province represents Mahayana Buddhism and was constructed during the Lop Buri period which dates to around the 11th-13th century A.D. The brick central tower stands on a laterite base.

The structure has been renovated and restored several times. The murals in the chamber of the prang were made during the early Ayutthaya period while the stuccos and ornaments on the upper part of the prang were executed by both Ayutthaya and Rattanakosin craftsmen.

The Palace Garden,  The architectural group in Chinese style is believed to be part of the palace garden of King Rama 11. It stood on the grounds of the grand palace and functioned as a private quarter where the king would rest and relax. The garden was dismantled and numerous structures were given over to temples during King Rama’s 111 reign.

Ancient Siam purchased all of the original buildings from Wat Phat Ngoen in Yanawa, Bangkok, to show the considerable influence of Chinese art in the Thai court during the early Rattanakosin period