Admission is free at state-operated museums and historical parks throughout Thailand this coming Sunday. The 2 April 2017 is Thai Heritage Preservation Day and museum authorities say they are marking the day by waiving entry charges for Thais and tourists at the facilities.
Fee free entry at the facilities will kick off a week long series of cultural happenings at a few of them. Chiang Mai’s very own ancient city, Wiang Kum Kam, has a few happenings on the agenda for Sunday and next week. In Bangkok, the National Theatre is the venue for performances of The Story of Mahajanaka between Tuesday and Saturday.
The 2 April has been Thai Heritage Preservation Day since 1985. The day celebrates the birth of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in 1955. The princess holds the title of Supreme Patroness of Thai Cultural Heritage and marks the leading role she played in ensuring the nation’s traditions and culture have been preserved for posterity.
In addition to Wiang Kum Kam, Chiang Mai boasts a huge number of historical and heritage sights. The Old City is a living museum and features ancient temples and chedis including the iconic 700-year-old Chedi Luang. It is home to the peerless collections and exhibits housed at the Chiang Mai Historical Centre and also the Three King’s Monument.