Old Ayutthaya as a city. A talk by Chris Baker



European visitors in the 17th century ranked Ayutthaya among the great cities of Asia. But what was it like? The visitors left very little description. Fortunately there is a contemporary and highly detailed description of the city in a Thai document which is surprisingly little known. This talk focuses on the city’s varied ethnic communities, markets, and craft production centres including its flea-market, ships’ chandlers, distilleries, and red-light district. To understand Ayutthaya’s place in Siam’s heritage we need to look beyond the forlorn ruins of 1767.

Dr. Chris Baker is Hon. Ed. of JSS and co-author of A History of Thailand, Van Vliet’s Siam, Thaksin, and The Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen.

This lecture is part of a series of lectures under the Society’s Siamese Heritage Protection Program, and is presented in connection with that Program’s public forum, “Ayutthaya Heritage Site in Danger”

Date: 20 September 2011 (Tuesday)
Time: 7.30 p.m.
Place: The Siam Society, 131 Asoke Montri Rd, Sukhumvit 21

Non-members donation: B200. Siam Society members, members’ spouses and children, and all students showing valid student ID cards are admitted free of charge. For more information, please contact Khun Arunsri at 0 2661 6470-7 ext 126, fax 0 2258 3491, or e-mail info@siam-society.org. Office Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 9:00am. – 5:00pm.

The Siam Society is deeply grateful to the James H.W. Thompson Foundation for its generous support of the 2011-2012 Lecture Series.