The renovation project was originated from the recognition of the importance of Ayutthaya kingdom as a mighty and prosperous capital and also its role as a cosmopolitan port that linked the west and the east worlds. This aspect resulted in the
transfer of commerce, culture, politics and diplomacy between Siam and foreign countries. Some practice and culture have continued until the present days. Ayuthaya’s relations with other countries was presented in the Annex Building since 1997; therefore, on this occasion of 120th Anniversary of Thailand-Japan Relations, the Thai-Japanese Association decided to develop the infrastructure as well as the content in the Annex Building with the intention to be beneficial for education, history and tourism.

In the content area, many Thai and Japanese honorable experts and academicians such as Dr. Charnvit Kasetsiri, Prof. Yoneo Ishii, Prof. Toshiharu Yoshikawa including museums and government sector from Japan gladly joined in designing the exhibition and providing historical information.

The presentation inside the building consists of exhibition and display of objects together video presentation. All in 3 languages : Thai, Japanese and English. Exhibition is categorized in 9 zones as followed;

1. Introduction Room (VDO presentation room)

To explain about the relationship with other countries during Ayutthaya period. Also, to explain about Ayutthaya’s attractive aspects that drew ships, goods and people from the West – Portuguese and Dutch – and the East – China and Japan – to trade and settle in this island-like city. Also, the presentation presents interviews of revered academicians, Dr. Charnvit Kasetsiri, Prof. Yoneo Ishii and Prof. Toshiharu Yoshikawa, about Ayutthaya’s roles as a middleman and also the social and cultural exchange.

2. Map of Maritime Routes to Ayutthaya

To show sea routes where Western and Eastern ships sailed to Ayutthaya. This represents that Ayutthaya was truly a connecting point of the 2 worlds.

3. Map showing Ayutthaya's Prosperity
1.) Judea Map from Netherlands shows the beauty of Ayutthaya’s city plan containing canals, palaces and temples.
2.) De La Loubere Map from France was made from copper plat showing Ayutthaya’s geography, embraced by 3 rivers and also displaying the foreign settlements.
3.) Aerial Photo of the Present Ayutthaya compares city plans in former time and in the present.

4. Import-Export Products Exhibition

To display pictures and reproduce import-export goods as followed;

1.) Export products from Ayutthaya, mostly natural and forest products, are presented through the imitation of Siamese junks’ basement. The display consist of eaglewood, sappan wood, deer skin, ivory and clay pottery. Other than that, there is also the presentation of mangosteen-shaped pottery that was believed to be used in the tea ceremony.
2.) Import products from Japan, mostly luxurious products, were favorite in the royal court such as Japanese fans and swords. They were considered as items for aristocracy.
3.) Awamori and bingata – Awamori was Japanese liquor that was influenced by the production of Lao Khao (rice whisky) in Thailand and bingata was believed to use sappan wood from Thailand for red color.

5. Foreign Settlements in Ayutthaya

Exhibition boards on ways of life, careers, religions and other contents about foreign settlement in Ayutthaya such as Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Dutch, French, British, Indian, Malay, Javanese, Vietnamese, Cham, Laotian, Burmese, etc.

6. Japanese Settlement

The story of the Japanese settlement on the east of Chaophraya River, the present Tambol Koh Rian, Ayutthaya Province, was presented through video animation. The story allows us to learn about the ways of life, careers, religions and spirits of Japanese people that were settled down in Ayutthaya.

7. Chronicles of Thailand-Japan Relations

It was presented on a large chart about the chronicled events related to Thai-Japanese relations since Ayutthaya period until today. Also, it contains the reigns of Kings and Emperors from 2 dynasties, examples of cultural exchange between the two nations and the world history.


8. E-Book Room

Databases of academic and research books regarding history, arts and culture, politics, and others all of which were stored in computers. Here visitors can also find display of related books.


9. Ship Models (Outdoor Exhibition)

It is an outdoor exhibition with two-dimensional models of foreign junks – Japanese, Siamese, Chinese, Dutch, Portuguese and Makassar - that shipped to Ayutthaya.