Thailand and Japan are celebrating the 130th anniversary of official diplomatic relations with a Virtual Reality Street Museum, located at the Japanese Village in Ayutthaya province.

Created as an integral part of the permanent exhibition and multimedia of “Yamada Nagamasa (Okya Senabhimuk) and Thaothongkeepma” in the exhibition hall next to the Chao Phraya River, the Virtual Reality Street Museum features an innovative experiential showcase and is complemented by historic information about the former capital of Ayutthaya, the roles of the Japanese Village, and international fabric of society at the height of the Ayutthaya period.

The newly-opened Virtual Reality Street Museum provides visitors with an immersive VR Theatre equipped with the latest VR Scope Technology, offering a spectacular 360-degree view of historic Ayutthaya, which was considered one of the most important trading posts (or ports) connecting the East and the West by facilitating the exchange of trade, culture, politics and diplomacy.

With Ayutthaya and the Japanese Village at the heart of the exhibition showcase, the advanced technology portrays an engaging story through 96 million pixel resolution computer graphics, which depicts the naval trade journey of Yamada Nagamasa that established the relationship with the 17th century Siamese Kingdom, and set the foundations for the flourishing relationship today.

Through the Street Museum’s technology, visitors can scan a QR code with their handheld devices; such as, smartphones and tablets to enjoy the vast landscape of the Japanese Village both today and from the 17th century through virtual reality on their screens, with audio guides also available in three languages: Thai, Japanese and English.

With the Virtual Reality Street Museum now open for visitors, tourists can easily add this immersive technological experience to their historic Ayutthaya itinerary.

This could be helpful in the Thematic Area 4 of the ViMM project, because this Virtual Street Museum is a great innovation in Virtual Museums. The visitors will be able to explore the historic Ayutthaya in the immersive VR Theatre, making them feel like they are really in the historic village, enhancing that way the feeling of presence. Also, audio guides are available to the visitors, which is an element that belongs to the storytelling field. This Virtual Street museum is a great opportunity for people to learn about the historic Ayutthaya in an innovative and fun way.