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Ayutthaya Historical Park

Listed under Archaeological Sites in Ayutthaya, Thailand.

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These ruined 14th to 18th Century temples and palaces date from a period when Ayutthaya was a separate Thai kingdom and these are the remains of its capital. In its heyday it had close ties with European nations and its 17th Century ambassadors compared it in size and wealth to Paris with it’s 400 temples, three palaces and miles of man made canals.

The architecture is a blend of many of the regions styles, with a preference for prangs, the cactus like obelisks similar to those at Angkor Wat, pointed, wide based stupas like those at Sukhothai, red brick and carved Buddhas. Some of the temples have been rebuilt or have undergone extensive repairs, but with over 400, some are little more than the original structure on the ground.

One of the highlights is the Royal Chapel with has three large pagodas in the Cambodian style.

The site has a museum containing some of the finds discovered while excavating the site - including an assortment of gold coins.

The city became deserted and ruined after a Burmese invasion in the 18th Century after which the capital was moved to Bangkok. Listed as a World Heritage Site the ruins and there surronarea is now protected.

Written by  Hamish Holl.

Other expert and press reviews

“Ayuthaya Kingdom”

The floods of 2011 were a huge blow to Thailand’s magnificent ancient capital. Many of the national treasures were underwater but hopefully things will be restored and renovated. Read more...

Written by  David Lee.

“Historic City of Ayutthaya”

'Founded c. 1350, Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. It was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century. Its remains, characterized by the prang (reliquary towers) and gigantic monasteries, give an idea of its past splendour.'… Read more...

Written by press. UNESCO

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