In celebration of 130 years of official diplomatic relations, Japan and Thailand have created a virtual reality (VR) street museum.
The VR street museum is set up in the Japanese village in Ayutthata province, in the exhibition hall next to the Chao Phraya River. By using an immersive VR theater complete with the latest VR Scope technology, visitors are able to enjoy a full 360-degree view of the historic Japanese village in Ayutthaya. The experiential showcase will provide historic information about Ayutthaya, the Japanese village and the role it played along with history on the international fabric of society during the peak of the Ayutthaya period.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), commented on the project by saying: “TAT joined the Thai-Japan Association, Japan Chamber of Commerce Bangkok, and 20 leading Thai and Japanese organisations to deepen the meaningful relationship between the two countries. Ayutthaya is one of Thailand’s most visited destinations, with both Thais and international guests appreciating the rich tapestry of Thai heritage that is brought to life in the area. The Virtual Reality Street Museum at the Japanese Village will be a valuable addition to this, by bringing history into the 21st century.”
Thanks to the technology being used, viewers will be treated to a stunning experience by the means of a 96 million pixel resolution display, that depicts the naval trade journey of Yamada Nagamasa that established the relationship with the 17th century Siamese Kingdom. It was this journey that laid the foundations of the relationship that still stands today between these two nations.
Visitors to the Street Museum will be able to scan a QR code with their device and enjoy the vast landscape of the Japanese village both today and from the 17th century. The TAT is also supporting the VR street museum further by providing a glimpse into the Ayutthaya way of life. This includes an experiential market where visitors can enjoy Ayutthaya culinary inspired by recipes of the renowned Thaothongkeepma (Marie Guimar) – who was a cook in the court of King Narai the Great; such as, Thong Yip, Thong Yot, and Foi Thong.
The VR street museum is currently open allowing all visitors and tourists a chance to look back in history and experience it through the means of VR.