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House of Khum Khun Phaen

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House of Khum Khun Phaen - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

A panorama taken from inside the House of Khuh Phaen in Ayutthaya. The wooden house is built on stilts and accessed by stairs. It has a large, central, covered meeting area around which are a number of semi private rooms. It is a good place to get a bit of shade on hot days.

House of Khum Khun Phaen - FURTHER INFORMATION

House of Khum Khun Phaen - Ayutthaya visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'House of Khum Khun Phaen' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Central Thailand.

The Khun Phaen's House in Ayutthaya was built on the site of a former jail in Thai-style following descriptions from Khun Chang Khun Phaen (Thai: ขุนช้างขุนแผน). This is an epic Thai poem which originated from a folktale has become one of the most important works in Thai literature. The story centers around Khun Phean and Khun Chang who both compete for the affections of the beautiful Wanthong. The story spans 50 years, including two wars, several abductions, a suspected revolt, an idyllic sojourn in the forest, two court cases, trial by ordeal, jail, and treachery.

At one point in the story, Khun Phaen angers the king and is jailed for 12 years. After his release, he adbucts Wanthong for a second time from Khun Chang. It sadly ends with the death of Wanthong, ordered executed by the king for failing to choose between the two men. In some regards the story is similar to the tragedies written by Shakespeare.


he House of Khun Phaen is on Thanon Pathon in the old town of Ayutthaya, close to the Tourist Information Office.

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