Ayutthaya World Heritage Fair
An annual fair is held from 11th to 20th December in Ayutthaya, the former famous capital of Thailand. Traditionally, the event is organized by the Historical Park and includes performances, which fully demonstrate the features of Thai culture. The fair is held in honor of including the old center of Ayutthaya in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.
Ayutthaya had a dominant position in the region for 400 years. The city was officially founded in 1350 BC by King Ramathibodi I, although the decision to build the city was made much earlier. During its heyday Ayutthaya was a powerful city-state, actively trading with China, Holland and France. Rulers managed to create a city with magnificent monasteries, canals and monuments, which have successfully endures the comparison with the major cities of Europe of the time.
However, the city had a powerful contender in nearby Burma and there were persistent wars. In 1569 the city was captured by the King of Burma, after which the independence was restored only after a decade. The struggle for independence was led by Prince Naresuan, who became a military hero in Thailand later. However, the future held unenviable fate for the city: it existed until 1767, after which it was completely destroyed by the Burmese. King Rama I chose Bangkok as the capital of the country, while Ayutthaya was never able to recover from defeat.
Light shows, concerts, traditional beliefs and various exhibitions are held annually as part of the fair. It should be noted that tourists will be able to see an exciting presentation of Thai arts and culture, and be part of cultural events. You can get acquainted with the Thai traditions and customs, learn more about the history of the city, to purchase various goods at the mobile market, as well as visit the World Fair, during which visitors will be offered to try popular dishes of local and Thai cuisine. The Ayutthaya World Heritage Fair traditionally attracts many tourists every year. The schedule of the fair also includes contests for performers of folk music and songs, as well as a beauty contest.
Due to its size, beauty and diversity of goods offered at the fair, the event is equally popular among locals and foreign tourists. Here a wide selection of food and crafts is offered. There is also an agricultural fair held during this time, which usually exhibits ornamental plants and flowers. The Red Cross is involved in the organization of the Ayutthaya World Heritage Fair, this is why anyone can buy special lottery tickets and proceeds from the sale of which go to charity.