Famous Ayutthaya temple extends hours for tourist influx

Famous Ayutthaya temple extends hours for tourist influx

Wat Chaiwattanaram in Ayutthaya is seen after sunset in the old capital. (Photo by Jetjaras Na Ranong)
Wat Chaiwattanaram in Ayutthaya is seen after sunset in the old capital. (Photo by Jetjaras Na Ranong)

Tourists have a rare chance to see the magnificent Wat Chaiwattaram at night after the historic park in Ayutthaya decided to extend opening hours at the temple.

The temple in the old capital normally is normally open from 8.30am-7.30pm.

But the park has decided to extend the closing time to 9pm starting Sunday until the end of next month, the office said in a message on its Facebook account. Last ticket sakes will be at 7.30pm, it added.

The park decided to expand its hours of operation after the number of visitors more than doubled in the wake of the popularity of Bupphaesannivas (Love Destiny), a romantic comedy on Channel 3.

Wat Chaiwattanaram is one of the locations featured in the TV series, a love story set in the reign of King Narai the Great in the Ayutthaya period.

(Video YouTube/Judy - Love Drama)

Different temples and other locations featured in the series have also seen a rising number of visitors, but  Wat Chaiwattanaram is getting the most attention.

Pol Lt Col Ekkachai Saensradee, the deputy superintendent of Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya police station, said on Sunday police will stay late at night to direct traffic and prevent crime during the extended opening hours at Wat Chaiwattanaram.

The historic park in Ayutthaya is a Unesco world heritage and a major attraction for local and foreign tourists.

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