220th Anniversary Celebrations
: Throughout 2002
: Rattanakosin Island, Bangkok
Rattanakosin Island is like the historical origin of Bangkok.
The area ideally expresses the identity of Thai arts. It
is related to the history of the founding of the city in
1782. The island offers a variety of Thai culture, lifestyles
and culture along historical sites, the Grand Palace, temples,
and important buildings noted for their value in arts and
architecture from different eras from early, middle and
present Rattanakosin periods.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is aware of the
value of Thai heritage that should
be rooted in the consciousness of Thai people. Tourism in
the Rattanakosin Island area should be promoted so that
it is permanent and sustainable for later generations to
enjoy. If this is done, then Bangkok would truly become
"Bangkok, City of Angels." In 2002, to celebrate the city's
220th anniversary, TAT is proposing the Rattanakosin Island
Tourism Project that will make create permanent and sustainable
tourism in this tourist destination.
1. Post news television
dramas (15-30 episodes)
The dramas tell the story of the 220th anniversary celebrations
by presenting events in the Rattanakosin era and culminating
in the event of 5 April 2002 (when Bangkok turns 220).
Musical fountain (opening ceremony of the 220th anniversary
celebrations) and the 3rd Chao Phraya River Festival
Performances by a large symphony orchestra in combination
with Thai music, with fountains and Thai fireworks as background
and other show segments that relate the history, beauty
and grandeur. The shows are on 14 February 2002. The 3rd
Chao Phraya River Festival light and sound show of "Tales
of the Capital" are held during 15-28 February 2002 at Ratchaworadit
Performances of International Ramayana or the Ramakian Thai
mask play at the National Theater
Shows are from
5 countries: India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand.
They are shown in June 2002.