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Ancient City (Muang Boran) is an extraordinary open air museum of 300 hectares with replicas of the many temples and historic buildings that Thailand has to offer.

Temple reconstructed in detail in Ancient City, Bangkok, Thailand

In detail

Sometimes it is thought Ancient City (Muang Boran Museum) is a kind of Madurodam (Netherlands) which is absolutely not the case! In Madurodam all buildings have been reconstructed in miniature, while most replicas in Ancient City have been reconstructed on a scale of about 1 in 3 of the original, some temples are even as big as the original. Rebuilding the temples, buildings, and ruins is taken very seriously and is often accurate down to the smallest detail. There are also reconstructions of buildings that have been destroyed by wars in the course of time, such as the former Grand Palace in Ayutthaya. Experts from the National Museum have been involved in the reconstruction of the replicas.

This largest outdoor museum in the world was founded by Thai businessman Khun Lek Viriyaphant. He was actually planning to turn this area into a golf course but decided to pay a wonderful tribute to Thailand’s history.

Fountain with dragon heads and Buddha statue in the waters of Ancient City. Muang Boran, Thailand

Cycling through the park

Because the open-air museum is so big, there are free bicycles available (there are no hills). Although it is possible, walking is not recommended because of the large distances. Through the park there is a tram which you can use for free. You can also rent a golf cart to explore the park. You can easily stay there for a whole afternoon, although you will get a discount on the entrance fee if you visit the park after 16.00 hours. There are plenty of places in Ancient City where you can get something to eat and drink at reasonable prices, don’t skip the rebuilt floating market!

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Lying Buddha at Ancient City, Muang Boran in Thailand

How to get to Ancient City

A taxi takes you from the center of Bangkok for about an hour. The costs are about 300 baht + 70 baht tolls. Paying a visit with the BTS Sky Train to Ancient City is also possible, for now BTS Kheha (2019) is the nearest stop. But we are working hard to expand the BTS network. At BTS Kheha take exit 1 or 3. From here songthaews will take you to the park in about 10 minutes. You pay 8 baht per person. Tell the driver where you want to go, otherwise you have to press the stop button yourself at the right moment. Or, press the stop button just after you have passed a colourful playground or use a navigation system like Google Maps.

Immense image of a large fish with an open mouth in the water in The Ancient City in Bangkok, Thailand



Our article about the Erawan Museum which was also founded by the same businessman as this Muang Boran Museum.

Information: Ancient City (Muang Boran Museum)

Open: 9.00 – 19.00
Admission: Adult / child 700 / 350 baht
Admission after 16.00: Adults / child 350 / 175 baht
Alternative name: Muangboran or Ancient Siam
Address: 296/1 Sukhumvit Road | Bang poo 10280, Thailand
District: Samut Prakan
BTS: Kheha
Website: www.muangboranmuseum.com
Tel: +66 (0)2 709 1644

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