Text & photographs by Tricky Vandenberg - September 2019
The Historic City of Ayutthaya has an additional incentive since the official opening of
the Ayutthaya Historic City Conservation Information Center (AHCCIC) on 24
September 2019.

The information center is situated adjacent the Ayutthaya Historical Park Office, in the
middle of the
Ayutthaya Historical Park, north of the parking behind the Ayutthaya
National Art Museum (the old Provincial Hall).

The exhibition starts with the structure of the 3rd Regional Office of Fine Arts, which is
one of the 12 Regional Offices of the Fine Arts Department and falls under the authority
of the Ministry of Culture. The 3rd Regional Office supervises the historical sites in the
provinces of Ayutthaya, Ang Thong, Sing Buri, Sara Buri, and Nakhon Nayok. It is
divided into sections containing an Administrative Section, an Archaeological Section, a
Monument Conservation Section, the Ayutthaya Historical Park Organisation, the
Sam Phraya Museum, the Chan Kasem National Museum, and the In Buri National
Museum. The 3rd Regional Office of Fine Arts is responsible for 248 sites on the city
island, 235 sites extern the city island within the City District and 61 sites in other
districts of Ayutthaya Province, registered as non-registered locations (figures proviso).

An information board mentions that the Historic City of Ayutthaya is divided in 7 areas
or zones being: the registered World Heritage site called Ayutthaya Historical Park, the
unregistered zone being the City Island minus the Ayutthaya Historical Park, the eastern
external zone (including the old town of Ayodhya), the southern external zone (from
Bang Kraja until
Khlong Takhian), the western external zone (from Khlong Takhian to
the Chao Phraya River),  the northern external zone (from the Chao Phraya River until
Pa Sak River), all located within the City District, and at last, other historic locations
in Ayutthaya Province.

The exhibition at the AHCCIC gives us an idea on the operation of the 3rd Regional
Office of Fine Arts and its gigantic task of archaeological excavation, data collection,
restoration, conservation, and site maintenance, in and around Ayutthaya.

The exhibition presents the history of archaeological excavation and conservation of
monuments in Ayutthaya over the years, since the early fifties of the last century until
today. Information on excavation and conservation is given regarding important temples
such as
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Wat Phukhao Thong, Wat Chai Watthanaram, Wat Kudi
Dao, Wat Lokaya Sutha, Wat Maha That, Wat Thammikarat, Wat Kraji, Wat Racha
Burana, Wat Tawet, and Wat Choeng Tha.

The Information Center is relevant for all visitors to the Ayutthaya Historical Park, who
want to take a look behind the scenes of the work at a world heritage site. It is situated
in geographical coordinates: 14° 21' 2.18" N, 100° 33' 27.78" E.
(The Ayutthaya Historic City Conservation
Information Center)
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