See the past come alive

The spectacular procession in the afternoon of May 24 will feature ancient warriors. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

The Ayutthaya Festival 2019, a must for history and culture lovers, kicks off on Wednesday. Taking place on the grounds next to the City Pillar Shrine within Ayutthaya Historical Park, the five-day celebration will feature illumination of the ancient ruins and a variety of performances and activities that promise to be both entertaining and enlightening. Numerous food stalls, shops and exhibitions will be open from late afternoon on. After the Sun goes down, the main stage will come alive. Following are stage highlights for each day.

Today from 7.15pm, phleng rua and phleng kiao khao folk singing and ram Thai dance will be performed, followed by a demonstration of cooking from the Ayutthaya period.

On May 23, from 6.30pm on, fair-goers can enjoy a performance of a lakhon chatri traditional play, followed by phleng choi and phleng i-saeo. At 7.30pm is a seminar on "Architecture Of The Ayutthaya Period" by Dr Kreangkrai Kedsiri.

On May 24, at 5pm, a recreation of the Ayutthaya period royal procession will take place between Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit and the City Pillar Shrine. At 7pm, there will be a hun lakhon lek puppet show. Following the 30-minute performance will be an academic discussion titled "Royal Coronations: from the Ayutthaya Period To The Rattanakosin Period".

Fair-goers are encouraged to wear traditional Thai costumes. (Photo by Sunthorn Pongpao)

On May 25, at 6.30pm, a traditional musical performance called phleng song khruang will take over the stage. After the official opening ceremony, which will be held at 7pm, a grand light and sound show depicting the life and work of King Prasat Thong, founder of the Ayutthaya dynasty named after him, will begin.

On May 26, at 6.30pm, will be a lakhon chatri performance and phleng khothan traditional singing. At 7.30, attendees can enjoy a "fashion show" of clothing like that worn during the heyday of the Ayutthaya period.

For more information, visit the Ayutthaya Tourism and Sports page on Facebook or call 035-902-719.