Destiny of Love Eases Bangkok Traffic
15th Apr 2018
Anyone who has travelled to Bangkok in Thailand will have experienced how challenging it can be to get around the city in peak hours. With Bangkok's traffic jams amongst some of the worst in the world worst, politicians have debated ways to reduce congestion to little avail.
Whilst listening to the BBC World Service recently I caught the end of an interview with a Thai journalist who waxed lyrical about a new Thai TV drama series.
It is set in the ancient capital of Ayutthaya during a golden period with the usual cast of beautiful actors playing aristocratic characters from this important time in Thai history.
The journalist said it was so addictive she had been holed up for an entire weekend watching episodes day and night. Curious to know more I asked some of my Thai colleagues whether they had seen it. Every one of them nodded knowingly and admitted to being glued to YouTube as soon as a new episode is released.
They told me that this series is so popular whenever a new episode is aired the ubiquitous Bangkok traffic is notably reduced whilst drivers watch at home!
Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat (Destiny of Love), is set in the time of King Narai. Amongst other achievements he was responsible for extending Siamese diplomatic reach far and wide, not least to Louis XIV’s French court and the Vatican, who reciprocated by sending diplomats with letters signed by the French King and the Pope.
Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat is centred on the fictional figure of Kaedsurang who finds herself in the body of Mae Ying Karakade who lived 300 years ago. Modern Thais are remembering their schoolbook history through the beautiful visuals of this drama as real historical characters weave through the tale.
It seems that the popular drama has crossed borders to Thai communities all over the world as well as being an export to other countries such as Singapore, China and Korea.
According to Singapore’s Straits Times the popularity of Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat has caused a huge uplift in tourism to Ayutthaya of 10,000 tourists a day with some inspired to wear traditional ancient Siamese costumes. This presents a problem for conservation as some disregard the fragility of the site by climbing on the ancient structures.
The city state of Ayutthaya was founded in 1350 and by 1700 it had become one of the largest and prosperous cities in the world comparable in size and wealth to Paris. It was a major centre for international trade but in 1767 was sacked and burned by the Burmese. All that remains are the stone buildings. Ayutthaya has World Heritage status.
Lina is a spa expert with 18 years in the industry working in Asia, Australia and the UK. In Thailand Lina was spa consultant to the Dusit Group which launched the premier Thai spa brand Devarana. Now in her 15th year as Spa Director of SenSpa, find out more about the voice behind our award-winning spa.
Source: Straits Times
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