Culture Ministry taps popularity of megahit TV series

Culture Ministry taps popularity of megahit TV series

The Culture Ministry is riding on the huge popularity of a new TV drama series to further promote Thai culture and tourism in Ayutthaya.

Thanavat "Pope" Wattanaputi and Ranee "Bella" Campen make the "Love Destiny" series a big hit for channel 33.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has advised the ministry to allocate funds for film and series production to promote patriotism and Thai culture, after the 'Love Destiny' series, or Buppaesannivas in Thai, became the talk of the town, Culture Minister Veera Rojpojanarat said on Tuesday.

The romantic comedy airs Wednesday and Thursday and is a megahit for channel 33. It has made visitors to the old capital want to visit the locations.

'Love Destiny' is about a woman archaeologist who, after a car accident, wakes up in the body of a woman living in Ayutthaya during the reign of King Narai the Great, who lived from 1632 to 1688.

Temples and ancient ruins featured in the show include Wat Yai Chaimongkol, Wat Phanan Choeng, Wat Buddhai Sawan, Wat Chai Wattanaram, Wat Choeng Tha and Wat Maha That.

Many have visited the temples in Thai traditional dress. One of the most popular stops is Wat Chai Wattanaram, where the number of visitors had jumped six-fold to 6,000 on Monday, according to the ministry.

Mr Veera said guides will be trained over the coming weekend to help tourists better understand the history of the Ayutthaya period.

The series stars Ranee "Bella" Campen, a Thai-British actress, and Thanavat "Pope" Wattanaputi. The first episode went to air on Feb 21.

Visitors dressed in Thai costumes pose for photos at Wat Chai Wattanaram on Saturday, fans of the hit new TV series "Love Destiny". (Photo by Sunthorn Pongpao)

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