Ayutthaya ruins to be promoted as night-time tourist destination

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Ayutthaya’s famous archeological ruins will be illuminated at night-time in a new scheme set to be unveiled in early 2018. (Photo/TAT)
Ayutthaya’s famous archeological ruins will be illuminated at night-time in a new scheme set to be unveiled in early 2018. (Photo/TAT)

The city of Ayutthaya is planning to install special lighting systems at all its major ancient sites to attract tourists to visit at night-time.

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Director of the Ayutthaya Historical Park, Sukanya Baonert, said a budget of more than 300 million baht has been allocated to make Thailand’s ancient capital city come to life after dusk.

As the city has long been famous among both local and foreign tourists, Sukanya said that the plan has been approved to help assure travellers that they can continue enjoying Thailand’s history through visits to numerous archaeological sites without having to worry about their safety, even at night.

She said that money will also be spent on the improving the landscape of all the ruins in the park.

The plan is expected to help stimulate the economy of Ayutthaya province, which receives more than 70 million baht in tourism revenue each year, added Sukanya.

The project is due to get underway at 15 sites in Ayutthaya in early 2018.