Japanese Crown Prince to visit Ayutthaya

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AYUTTHAYA, 24 June 2012  – On June 26, Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan will make a royal visit to Ayutthaya province.

The Crown Prince will visit the Ayutthaya Historical Study Center,Wat Phra Mahathat, and the province’s Japanese village. The visit will begin at 10:40 AM, and at 12:50 AM, His Imperial Highness will travel to the pier at Wat Choeng Lane, in Pakkret District, Nonthaburi province.

The Ayutthaya Historical Study Center was established in 1986 under the cooperation between Thai and Japanese scholars. The province has been chosen as the site of the center because it had served as a former capital of Thailand for 417 years and provided the foundation of modern Thai culture. It also used to be an important social and economic center.

The Japanese government made a financial donation of approximately 170 million baht to the center in 1987 on the occasion of His Majesty the King’s 60th birthday and to celebrate 600 years of the Thai-Japanese relations.