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Study Trip

A visit to historical sites in Phetchaburi

Saturday, 2 June 2018
Leader: Khun Eileen Deeley, Council Member of the Siam Society

 

 

Phetchaburi, 130 km south of Bangkok, is a charming town with a long history and several outstanding temples. Much of the city’s superb art and architecture reflect its long and rich history. It was already established as a Dvaravati settlement from the 7th century serving as an important post on the trade route between India and China, when it fell to the Khmer in the 12th century. It was absorbed into the emerging Thai nation at Sukhothai, and formed part of the Ayutthaya kingdom from 1351 when it functioned as a significant fortified frontier town against the Burmese. In the Bangkok period, it was known for its natural scenery, a pleasant retreat for royalties, commoners and foreigners alike. There are many interesting temples with beautiful wall paintings that are among the oldest and best preserved in the country, and are typical of the period. Phetchaburi is also known for its fine handicraft: wood carving, stucco work, carpentry, architecture.

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, the Siam Society will organize a day trip to Phetchaburi province. We will visit the remains of a Dvaravati stupa at Thung Setti, one of the most significant sites excavated in recent years, a 13th century Khmer temple of which the laterite central prang and a Gopura, remain in relatively good condition, Ayutthaya period temples with magnificent mural paintings and wood carving.

The bus will depart from the Siam Society at 8.00 a.m. and expect to return to the Society on the same day at about 8.00 p.m.

Booking

Your contribution of Baht 2,500 will cover transportation, lunch, entrance fees and other costs incurred to make this trip possible. Baht 2,800 for non-members. 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 Supanut.