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Ancient Siam, Muang Boran, Samut Prakan, Thailand.

Samut Prakan Province, Page 89, Ancient Siam, The Buddha Image of Dvaravati Period Nakhon Chai Si, The Chedi of Cham Thewi, Lamphun and Prasat Sikhoraphum, Surin.

The Garden of Sacred Stupa at Muang Boran is formed by a large group of Stupa in various architectural styles, built in different periods from the past to present. The unique characteristics of the Stupa displayed here are worth studying and showing the differences and similarities of each style of Stupa  which differs from one school to another. The important Chedi, constructed to house the relic of the Lord Buddha, is rooted from Hinayana Buddhism beliefs, that had remained with Thai communities for generations. The Chedi exhibited here also illustrates the local Thai architectural art started in each region.

The Fruit Shape Tower ( Prang Mafuang )  Chai Nat. The fruit shape architectural style was popular during the pre Ayutthaya periods, namely U Thong and Ayothaya. The fruit shape prang is modelled after the smaller prang in front of the assembly hall or Wihan of Wat Maha That, Sankhaburi in Chai Nat. Extraordinary techniques were used to build the prang.

The Courage of the people of Bang Rachan   During the late Ayutthaya period, in the reign of King Ekathat, Burmese troops invaded Ayutthaya Kingdom and subdued Siamese. They raped, pillaged and burnt peoples houses. The incident made the people of Sing Buri angry and began to organize local militia to protect their community which was known as Khai Bang Rachan or Bang Rachan Fort. The leaders were, for example, Nai Taan, Nai Mueng, Nai Chot, Nai In, Nai Dok, Nai Kaew, Khun San and Pan Rueng.

They had fought with the Burmese invaders eight times before they were finally defeated. The Burmese laid siege to the stockade with cannons. Failing in their appeal for a cannon from the capital and their own attempt to cast a cannon, the Bang Rachan people became discouraged. Although they had fought steadfastly for 5 months, the camp was eventually overrun and its defenders massacred on Monday in the eighth lunar month on the second day of the waning moon in 1766 A.D. Although the village was entirely destroyed, the exploits of every brave Thai defender continues to be rekindled by the recollection of the Siamese people. The unwavering courage of the villagers is one of the greatest heroic deeds recorded in Thai history.