Ayutthaya Heritage Walk

The Historic City of Ayutthaya, located 80km north of Bangkok, was founded in 1350. Flourishing until the 18th Century, Ayutthaya was then destroyed by the Burmese. Today, its archaeological ruins are a glimpse into the past with great significance. Mr.Varopas Vongjaturapat’s lecture will focus on the Master Plan Development and Conservation of the Ancient City and how the ‘Blue’ and ‘Culture’ interact. Highlights of the trip include the Royal Palace, Temples, and observing the rivers and canals that surround the city.

Lecturer: Mr.Varopas Vongjaturapat
Head of Landscape Architectural Group, Office of Architecture, the Fine Arts Department.

After getting a Bachelor Degree in Landscape Architecture from Chulalongkorn University and spending a short while in entertainment business, Mr.Varopas Vongjaturapat started serving Fine Arts Department, the main governmental agency responsible to cultural heritage in Thailand, as conservation architect and then landscape architect. For more than 30 years at the Department, he has been responsible for both landscape architectural design as well as cultural heritage conservation for historical areas in Thailand. Also Mr.Varopas is the best-known as a key person/project leader in developing master plan for many ancient towns and cities particularly in the Master Plan for Development and Conservation of the Historic City of Ayutthaya, a World Heritage Property and Conservation Project of Wat Niwesthammaphrawat, Ayutthaya, one of the most unique Buddhist temples in Thailand, built in the Reign of King Rama V (1868-1911C.E.) in western architectural style. In addition, as an experienced landscape architect, he has been invited to give lecture for various universities in Thailand. At present he is designated Head of Landscape Architectural Group, Office of Architecture, the Fine Arts Department.