Why Ayutthaya? It used to be the capitol of the Ayutthaya Kingdom in the 14th – 18th century and now is the world heritage with the most magnificent prangs and monasteries in Thailand, which is just 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Bangkok .
Under U Thong’ regime, as known as King Ramathibodi, the old city once the largest city in the whole world, was founded in 1351 on an island formed by the confluence of the Chaophraya, Lopburi and Pasak Rivers. There was once a wall encircling the entire island, though only a few bits of it can be seen today. Gradually, the glory of Ayutthaya faded, and it was replaced by Bangkok an upstart city to the south which was previously just a port. About the time that Americans were tossing tea into Boston harbor, the Burmese attacked and sacked Ayutthaya. Despite repeated attempts by nature (earthquakes and flooding) and man (looting, ignorance) to take their toll, the beauty of Ayutthaya – was recognised and awarded UNESCO world heritage status in 1991. So let’s explore the city and relive the glory days of yore with Ideal Travel Asia.
Must-see sights in Ayutthaya
Wat Phra Mahathat Temple
This sacred temple is mostly famous for having a Buddha’s head entwined in the roots of a banyan tree. Beside, this impressive attraction, there are many other holy relics such as the octagonal pagoda, prangs, and crumbly Buddha statues, etc …for you to see …
Wat Phra Si Sanphet / The Grand Palace
The largest temple in Ayutthaya, this is one that you absolutely cannot miss. The main draw are the three enormous chedis in a row, which are featured as the symbol of Ayutthaya all over the place. They really are quite large, and rather photogenic.
Fun fact – this used to be the home of a giant Buddha covered in a third of a tonne of gold.Unfortunately, the Burmese invaders found it to be too temping, and melted it down as part of their pillaging.
Featuring a large central chedi surrounded by pagodas. Normally you can climb to the top for a lovely view of the city, and it’s also a good place to watch the sunset.
Being located on the bank of the Chao Phraya and home to a wonderful reclining Buddha, this temple, unlike others is still in use.
With a lovely courtyard with a huge prang, hundreds of intact Buddha statues, and even some ruined bits out the back. It’s a good place to visit to get an idea of what the other temples might have looked like, had the Burmese not ravaged the city.
For a cultural visitor, you will find Ayutthaya an enjoyable trip.
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