The Ancient City in Samut Prakan Just Outside Bangkok

The Ancient City or Muang Boran is one of the largest open-air museums in the world featuring replicas of Thailand’s most historic buildings from different kingdoms such as Ayutthaya, Lanna, and current Rattanakosin. While most of the buildings have been scaled down to about one-third of the originals, some structures are life-size replicas. There are also pure fantasy buildings that have never existed in the real world but are an important part of Thai mythology and religion.

The Ancient City was created by multi-millionaire Lek Viriyaphant (passed away in 2000), who also created the nearby Erawan Museum and the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya. Founded in 1963, it’s quite remarkable how unknown this park is — at least I didn’t know about this place until recently when I saw some cool pictures on Instagram.