While visiting the branch of the Tourist Information Centre located in the old city hall, it’s well worth heading upstairs to the smartly presented multi-media exhibition on Ayutthaya, which provides an engaging introduction to the city’s history, an overview of all the sights, including a scale-model reconstruction of Wat Phra Si Sanphet, and insights into local traditional ways of life. On the other side of the staircase, there’s the Ayutthaya National Art Museum, which has depictions of animals, people and landscapes by Thai artists including a drawing in black ink by former Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai.

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