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Ancient Siam, Muang Boran, Samut Prakan, Thailand.

Samut Prakan Province, Page 92, Ancient Siam, The Floating Market, and Phra That Mondop.

Sala 24 Katanyu ( Pavilion of Icons of Gratitude ) Thailand is the melting pot of people of different ethnic groups. Mon, Khmer, Laotian, Vietnamese and Chinese descendants came to Thailand with their own cultures and assimilated them with local customs.

The Chinese, in particular, brought with them moral principles deep rooted in their religion and incorporated them in the upbringing of their children and grandchildren.

Among the common merits were gratitude, honesty, kindness, and compassion. They implanted these virtues into the minds of their descendants by means of sacred icons for people to come to pay respect and learn about the old teaching.

An image of Kuan Yu, for example, symbolizes faithfulness and Kuan-Yin represents the Deity of Mercy. For the virtue of gratitude, the Chinese Thai have a tradition of teaching their children from life stories of 24 monks and scholars who symbolize such virtue. This pavilion houses icons of such revered ascetics and sages.

Thai Junk, ~ in the past, the significance of Bangkok and Ayutthaya  was due to their strategic locations on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. As ports of call frequented by mercantile ships from foreign lands, these two major towns prospered and became trading cities.

From Ayutthaya and Bangkok, ships that were built locally, left with goods from Thailand to be sold overseas. In the days, Thai Junks like this used to be moored along the banks of the Chao Phraya River from the estuary in Samut Prakan Province all the way up to Bangkok. They gradually disappeared, some 50 years ago.

Ancient Siam,  Samut Prakan.