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Ancient Siam, Muang Boran, Samut Prakan, Thailand.

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The Phra Kaew Pavilion  Ayutthaya Kingdom, in its prosperous era, had spread power throughout the region and neighbouring areas; the dependent states of the Ayutthaya, then, were responsible for sending tributes to the king of Ayutthaya. Sometimes, sacred Buddha images and priceless treasures were brought back to the kingdom. Ayutthaya at that time was an important centre of Buddhism where many sacred Buddhist monuments were housed.

Phra Kaew Pavilion is an octagonally-shaped structure constructed by Muang Boran. The style of the building taken from the carvings of an octagonally-shaped pavilion found on a wooden door panel of a scripture cabinet of the Ayutthaya period, now is exhibiting in the National Museum, Bangkok. The extraordinary style of the pavilion resembles high structure drawn in some chronicles written by foreigners who came to Ayutthaya at that time.

The interior of the building is elaborately embellished and painted with murals depicting the story of the Life of the Buddha, Jataka and the Three Worlds. Muang Boran built this pavilion to represent Ayutthaya as a centre of Buddhism in the past.

Wat Chong Kham, Lampang. According to the traditions of the Shan or Tai Yai who lived in Northern Thailand, the important temples in the community are often named Wat Chong Kham. The temples can be found in nearly every province in the north. Interestingly, the ceremonial quarters and monks living quarters at Wat Chong Kham are combined within one building. This is because there are a few monks living in the temple. The villagers, then, have to take care of both the monks and the temple at the same time.

Wat Chong Kham displayed at Muang Boran is a Shan temple complex modelled after the Pagan architecture which is rarely seen today. Consequently, the original building that once stood in Ngao in Lampang Province has been acquired from the monastery. The restoration of the structure has been painstaking to preserve every single detail of the building and present the most original form of the structure. The building, made of teak wood, combines wihan, Sala and monks living quarters in one building. The excellent work of northern craftsmanship can be seen from the equal emphasis to the split-level roofs and the rhythmic spacing of carved decorations. Beauty is to be found everywhere.