Ayutthaya, the Great Capital of the Kingdom
Ayutthaya was established by King U Thong as the capital of Thailand in 1351. It was the most splendor time of the Thai people. It was the center of Thailand for more than 400 years from year 1350 to year 1767. Ayutthaya was the largest city in the kingdom with more than 400 temples, being also the epicenter of the country’s wealth. During the time of Ayutthaya Kingdom, Thai and Burmese lived in conflict and the great capital Ayutthaya was invaded twice in 1569 and in 1767. The last conquest was the reason why Ayutthaya ceased being the capital of Kingdom.
Unfortunately, most of the wealth and prosperity of ancient Ayutthaya were destroyed in the last war against Burma. However, the remaining of archaeological legacy of ancient temples and palaces still makes travelers impressive. This historic wonder has recognized as World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1991.
How to go from Bangkok to Ayutthaya?
Ayutthaya is 85 kilometers far from Bangkok. It is an choice for an excursion out of Bangkok. It is also a perfect option as a stop on your trip to northern Thailand.
If you are considering Ayutthaya in your trip to Thailand but you still do not have the itinerary clear, we are going to show you some of the most representative places in this city:
What could you see in Ayutthaya?
Wat Yai Chai Mongkol
Southeast of Ayutthaya, it was one of the first temples built in Ayutthaya. In the center of the temple is one of the largest chedi (stupa) of the archaeological park and. In addition, you could climb up to get the best views of the place.
Wat Maha That
It is located in the central part of Ayutthaya. It was one of the most important temples in the kingdom. With a combination of traditional Thai art and Cambodian Khmer, the highlight is the Buddha head buried between the roots of a basswood tree.
Wat Phra Si San Phet
It is located in the northeast area. The structure contains three huge chedis that symbolize the first 3 kings of Ayutthaya. According to the legend, the chedis harbor the ashes of each of the kings of the kingdom.
It is one of the most outstanding and best preserved royal temples in Ayutthaya. It was built by King Prasat Thong as a present to his mother. Many of the temples in Thailand follow the architecture of Wat Chaiwatthanaram.
The Royal Palace of Bang Pa In
A well-deserved building in the middle of the archaeological park. After visiting the ruins, we recommend the royal palace of Bang Pa In which was built by King Chulalongkorn at the end of the 19th century on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.
As a unique experience, we recommend the Thanatharee cruise which is an impressive river cruise that will show you the archaeological park from a very different point of view.
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