A well-put-together museum
Published/Last edited or updated: 29th February, 2016
Now a museum tells the story of how the Japanese influenced the city, and how it changed them.
Two exhibition buildings include videos, comprehensive info boards and displays. One exhibit explains how the Japanese contributed to the development of Thai sweets, while the Thais influenced the evolution of Japanese rice liquor. Another relates how most of Ayutthaya’s Japanese were Christians fleeing persecution in their homeland. Ayutthayan nobles favoured Samurai warriors as bodyguards, and as such, a full set of armour and swords are on display.
After spending half an hour in the museum, step outside into the peaceful Japanese garden and pavilion set beside the river. Located to the south of town, the Japanese Village (Baan Yippon in Thai) is most conveniently hit after Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, Wat Phanan Choeng and Baan Hollanda.
The Japanese Village is clearly signposted off Highway 3477, 1.5 km south of Wat Phanan Choeng.
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.
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