Thai literature dates back to the Sukhothai Period, beginning in 1238AD. An abundance of literary work has since been discovered, and each piece of writing is unique and highlights different aspects of Thai culture. From narrative poems to dramatic literature, the subject matter and overall quality of these literary pieces are certainly noteworthy. It may be because of this that there are a number of different literary landmarks in Thailand. Here, the top ones you should visit.
The island is home to a number of sporadically placed statues, each with its own personal story as to what it represents. The statue of the mermaid and the prince in Ao Hin Khok beach is based on a 150-year-old story written by Sunthorn Phu, a Thai poet who lived in the 19th century. He is oftentimes referred to as Thailand’s Shakespeare, and he is certainly the country’s most well-known poet.
On Sai Kaew Beach, you will find a relatively new statue of a different mermaid. The statue’s creator was inspired by characters from Phu’s work as well, and it reflects the connection between mother nature and the things she cares for. With the creation of this statue came the revamp of this area, with new landscaping, signs, and even a parking lot.
Central Literature Botanic Garden
Trees and plants mentioned throughout Thai literature can be found at the Central Literature Botanic Garden in Khao Prathap Chang in Ratchaburi. This hillside garden sits opposite the Khao Bin Cave. It is here you will find a variety of different plants, all of which have been written about in Thai literature at some point. There are several different gardens within the Central Literature Botanic Garden, including a herb garden, a Buddhist plant garden, and a propitious garden. Visitors are welcome to meander down several nature trails found here, each lined with tree plots that are related to Thai literature. The garden is open daily from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
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