Si Thep Revisited
Saturday, 25 March 2017
Leader: Khun Somchai Na Nakhon Phanom, former archaeologist of the Fine Arts Department and Khun Somlak Charoenpot, Honorary Secretary of the Siam Society
The ancient city of Si Thep owed its importance to its strategic location on a major route connecting the Khorat Plateau through the valley of the Pasak River with the basin of the Chao Phraya. The site is therefore of considerable historical significance. It was first excavated by H.G. Quaritch Wales in 1935, and further excavations and restoration of the principal monuments have been carried out subsequently by the Fine Arts Department. The site has been cleared and now maintained as a park full of fine trees, which provides a magnificent setting for the reconstructed monuments. It covers an area of about 4.7 sq. km. and is divided into two parts known as the Inner City and the Outer City. In the 6th century A.D., Si Thep appears to have been ruled by the Mons, who built the Inner City. By the 9th century A.D., it had fallen under the rule of the Khmers, who constructed the Outer City and remained at Si Thep until the 12th century, when the city was abandoned. The Outer City is roughly elliptical in shape and measures about 4 x 1.5 km., it was surrounded by a wall and moat and had seven entrances. This ancient city located in Phetchabun province and about 240 km. from Bangkok.
There are many important sites in this old city. The religious sculptures of Si Thep consists of a number of Buddhist images, both Mahayana and Theravada. The Hindu Khmer monuments are built in the early Angkor Wat style.
Under the leadership of Khun Somchai Na Nakhon Phanom and Khun Somlak Charoenpot, the Siam Society is arranging a study trip for members to visit or revisit the ancient city of Si Thep on Saturday 25 March. Members will depart from the Siam Society by bus at 7:30 a.m. and we expected to return to the Society on the same day at 10:00 p.m.
Your contribution of Bt. 2,500 (Bt. 2,800 for non-members) will cover transportation, lunch, dinner, entrance fee and other costs incurred to make this trip possible. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges. Please pay by cash or cheque payable to ‘The Siam Society’. Alternatively you can deposit/transfer the money to the Siam Society travel account at the Thai Military Bank, Asoke Branch saving account no. 053-2-18000-7. Please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us. In case the tour has to be cancelled due to insufficient participants, a full refund of the deposit will be made.
The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary. Seats are limited. Please book your place as soon as possible. For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Pinthip.