"Old Thailand Capital." Ayuthaya by euzkadi

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Ayuthaya was the old capital of Thailand (85 kms north of Bangkok), located on a series of island of the Chao Phraya river. It was founded in 1350 by king U Thong (or Ramathibodi I) until it was destroyed by the Burmese in 1767, after a siege of 15 months. The site is impressive with it´s ruins of Chedis (sharp-pointed pinnacles) and Prangs (rounded corn-cob shapped stupas). A very interesting one day visit if you´re in Bangkok.

This old capital was conceived as an island fortress, the cannals as streets of communication. It used to had water gates that blocked the acces when necessary.

Wat Phra Si Sanpeth.

The most important building of the city, formerly a part of the king´s palace. The remains of the three Chedis contains the remains of three Ayuthaya´s kings.

  • Last visit to Ayuthaya: Sep 2007
  • Intro Updated Feb 18, 2008
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  • aannee's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    This area looks so interesting. I think Bang Pa Palace will have to be on my tour.

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