We discover the splendor of Ayutthaya in Thailand

Ayutthaya is a city with a great history. At the time it was considered the most spectacular city on Earth. Currently the remains and monuments of what was the former capital of Thailand of the kingdom of Siam, is one of the most important tourist attractions in the country. We will travel Ayutthaya, a must see on your trip to Thailand.

Brief history

Ayutthaya is located about 86 kilometers north of Bangkok. As we already mentioned, it was the capital of Thailand at the time of the Siam kingdom. Today it houses one of the most important archaeological complexes in the Asian kingdom and was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1991.

Ayutthaya - KP Photograph

It was founded by King U-Thong, it came to have a population of more than one million inhabitants. It was the owner of great splendor, being an important financial center and international port. The city included embassies from Asian and European countries, where France stood out, a government that had a lot of rapprochement with the royal family.

For three centuries it was ruled by about 35 different kings, but in 1767 the Burmese armies invaded the city by looting and destroying everything in its path, which left it in ruins. After the Burmese were expelled, the capital was moved to Thonburi and from there originated the current Bangkok.

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Ayutthaya ruins

Ayutthaya Historical Park is a set of ancient temples and palaces It is located on an island located between the Chao Prayha, Lop Buri and Pa Sak rivers. It has an area of ‚Äč‚Äčabout 15 km².

Ayutthaya - Em7

The ruins are well preserved thanks to the reconstruction and preservation tasks. In order to differentiate it from the new city, the old city is normally called Ayutthaya Historical Park.

Temples are scattered throughout the city and there are even some surrounded by modern buildings. To visit them, it is best to rent bicycles or pay a route in tuk-tuk. Then the temples that you can not miss.

Wat Maha That

Wat Maha That - Old box studio

Wat Maha That It was one of the great temples of the kingdom for its proximity to the Grand Palace and for housing sacred relics of Buddha. The exact date of its construction is unknown, but historians place it around 1374.

Is the most visited temple because it houses a curious head of Buddha among the branches of a tree. Apparently, after the destruction and during the years of abandonment, the roots surrounded the head of the Buddha, which gave rise to such a rarity.

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

Wat Phra Sri Sanpetch - Freedom_Studio

It was another extremely important temple, as it was part of the grounds of the Grand Palace. Data from the year 1448 and it has three stupas or chedis where the ashes of three kings were deposited at the end of the fifteenth century.

Wat Lokaya Sutha

Although the Lokaya Sutha temple was not very important and its ruins are barely distinguishable, Worth a visit for a gigantic reclining Buddha image. This image causes impact to the eye, since it measures 42 meters long and 8 meters high.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Wat Chaiwatthanaram - Maxim Tupikov

The construction of this temple is much more recent, dates from 1630 and is one of the most beautiful and better preserved. It has four small prangs guarding a central one that stands 35 meters. Although it is a bit far from the other temples, it is worth a visit.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkol

This temple is also known as Wat Phra Chao Phya Thai and is located southeast of Ayutthaya. It dates from 1357 and has a large chedi, measuring 62 meters high and for its construction more than 28,000 tons of brick were used. Around it you can see hundreds of statues of Buddha with yellow robes being one of the typical prints of the city.

Viharn Phra Mongkol Bophit

Viharn Phra Mongkol Bophit - Skynavin

This palace is well known because it closely resembles the Grand Royal Palace in Bangkok. It is a Buddhist temple that was built by 1538 and was restored in the mid-twentieth century. Inside is an immense image of Buddha that has a height of 12 meters.

Without a doubt, on your trip to Thailand we recommend you to know Ayutthaya, a historic city with wonderful temples and palaces that will surprise you.

Video: Ayutthaya temples aerial footage, Thailand Part 3 (December 2019).