After long-standing dormancy, the Fine Arts Department has finally awakened and involved itself in the issue of the Yodia people in Myanmar.
Yodia is the Myanmar name given to the descendants of those Thais captured from Ayutthaya when the capital fell to the invading Burmese army in the 18th century. Among those who were captured and settled in the "enemy" land near Mandalay was King Uthumporn (1730-1796). He remained there until the final days of his sad life.
It’s this Ayutthaya king that poses the biggest remaining mystery.
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