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Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya or Ayuttahaya is located in the province of the same name in the valley of the Chau Phraya River, 70 km north of Bangkok. This historical landmark is a preserved part of the ancient capital of the kingdom of Ayutthaya (Siam), which was located on the territory of modern Thailand.

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Overview

Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya, Thailand

A brief history

The city was founded in 1350 by King Ramathibodi I, who moved here from Lopburi, where the smallpox epidemic began. Ramathibody made Ayutthaya his capital and named it after the Indian city of Ayodhya. Over the 4th century, more than 30 monarchs have changed here, and the population has increased to 1 million people. There were 3 Royal palaces, 375 temples, 29 forts, 94 city gates. And Ayutthaya became known as the "Eastern Venice" thanks to fifty canals. Ayutthaya's prosperity as the capital ended in 1767, when Burmese troops invaded and almost completely destroyed the capital. The Siamese moved the capital to Thonburi, and Ayutthaya remained a historical landmark.

The ancient capital of Siam is Ayutthaya, Thailand

What to see in Ayutthaya

In 1976, the authorities decided to create a historical park on the site of the ruins of the ancient city, and 15 years later it was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here you can observe fragments of royal residences and temples, among which there are preserved and reconstructed prangs and chedis.

The most popular sights of Ayutthaya, temples: Wat Mahathat (Wat Mahathat) A popular tourist attraction, famous for a large tree, in the roots of which is the stone face of the Buddha. Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Lokkayasutharam, famous for the huge statue of the reclining Buddha, which is one of the largest stone statues of the Buddha in Thailand.

Tips for tourists

For a complete inspection of all the facilities in Ayutthaya Park, it is better to plan a visit for 2-3 days. If you have only a few hours for an excursion, you can rent a motorbike or bicycle, which you can use to move everywhere except the territories of temple complexes.

Most of the attractions are located on the western part of the island, and all the main tourist infrastructure is located in the east. The cost of an overnight stay depends on the type of accommodation.

Excursions to Ayutthaya are available from Bangkok and other places in Thailand. Lovers of history and architecture will be very interested in visiting this place.

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March 23, 2024

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