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Episode 1: Ayutthaya Empire

Summary

The city of Ayutthaya in modern-day Thailand, was the capital of a mighty empire that once controlled large parts of Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. A cosmopolitan centre of over a million residents, it was one of the wealthiest cities in the eastern hemisphere but is now largely reduced to ruins.

Review

Today, the Thai city of Ayutthaya is very much on the tourist trail between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, famous for its temples, and hugely popular with fans of a hit TV show that’s filmed there. But 500 years ago, it was the heart of a trading empire, and a cosmopolitan hub for international communities who took advantage of its natural resources and strategic position.

In the first episode of an engaging new series, Singaporean scholar Peter Lee explores the city state, which was founded in the 14th century and thrived until razed to the ground by its Burmese neighbours in 1765. Lee’s one of those have-a-go presenters, equally happy bathing an elephant, making mud bricks, plastering a temple or painting a delicate fan.

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    Ayutthaya Empire

    Summary

    The city of Ayutthaya in modern-day Thailand, was the capital of a mighty empire that once controlled large parts of Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. A cosmopolitan centre of over a million residents, it was one of the wealthiest cities in the eastern hemisphere but is now largely reduced to ruins.

    Review

    Today, the Thai city of Ayutthaya is very much on the tourist trail between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, famous for its temples, and hugely popular with fans of a hit TV show that’s filmed there. But 500 years ago, it was the heart of a trading empire, and a cosmopolitan hub for international communities who took advantage of its natural resources and strategic position.

    In the first episode of an engaging new series, Singaporean scholar Peter Lee explores the city state, which was founded in the 14th century and thrived until razed to the ground by its Burmese neighbours in 1765. Lee’s one of those have-a-go presenters, equally happy bathing an elephant, making mud bricks, plastering a temple or painting a delicate fan.

    How to watch

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    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show.

    Details

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