Ayutthaya, The Anciet Capital

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May 12th 2008
Published: June 21st 2017
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Phra Mongkhon Bophit, Buddhist TemplePhra Mongkhon Bophit, Buddhist TemplePhra Mongkhon Bophit, Buddhist Temple

This is an active Buddhist Temple that sits just adjacent to the ancient city ruins of Ayutthaya.
Geo: 14.344, 100.561

The Ayutthaya Kingdom existed from 1351 to 1767 and took into it lots of the surrounding towns of northern Thailand including Sukhothai. It eventually grew into the nation of Siam, which has roughly the same borders as modern Thailand. In 1765 it was invaded by Burma (now Myanmar). After a lengthy siege, the city capitulated and was burned in 1767. Ayutthaya's art treasures, the libraries containing its literature, and the archives housing its historic records were almost totally destroyed, and Burmese brought the Ayutthaya Kingdom to ruin. The ruins of the historic city of Ayutthaya are listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The modern town of Ayutthaya was refounded near the old city, and is now capital of the Ayutthaya province. The entire town, old and new, is still surrounded by an impressive square moat. (Info from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayutthaya_kingdom)

*sigh* I dunno, maybe it's because I'm headed to Cambodia in a few days to see the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat (one of the new seven wonders of the world). Maybe it's because it was so incredibly hot in Ayutthaya. Maybe it's because I really enjoy studying current culture rather than ancient history. Maybe it's because I was let down by the skills/knowledge of my tour guide to excite me as to what I was seeing, but I didn't have the enthusiasm for the Ancient City of Ayutthaya like I expected to. This guys blog entry for his day in Ayutthaya is much more inspired than mine: http://realtravel.com/ayutthaya-journals-j5956453.html

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Not the famous Emerald BuddhaNot the famous Emerald Buddha
Not the famous Emerald Buddha

This is an imitation of the famous Emerald Buddha that is in the Kings Palace in Bangkok. I'll visit that one in a few days and we can compare pictures to see if this is a good fake.
Pagodas - ancient city ruins of AyutthayaPagodas - ancient city ruins of Ayutthaya
Pagodas - ancient city ruins of Ayutthaya

Three pagodas of Wat Phra Si Sanphet which house the remains of King Borommatrailokanat, King Borommarachathirat III and King Ramathibodi II
Sweaty self-portraitSweaty self-portrait
Sweaty self-portrait

Did I mention it was in the high 90's this day! Ugh, and where is the shade in this city?!?

31st January 2009

Hello... Hi, I am planning a trip to Ayutthaya this coming March. Do you travel alone in Ayutthaya? Is it possible to travel around by foot?

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