The second and third of these films on the history and culture of Indochina recalls the Kingdom of Ayutthaya, which superseded Sukhothai as the centre of the Tai peoples’ world.
The Kingdom lasted for nearly 500 years and is by far the longest lasting Thai kingdom in history so far.
The first of the programmes presented below looks more at the culture of the Ayutthayan period, and its survivals into the present; and also at Thai-Chinese relations over the ages.
The second film is more concerned with the temples and statues and Buddhist art works that the Kingdom produced; and then with its triumph over the Khmer and decline in face of the Burmese.
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