Sunday, 24 September 2017

Ayutthaya Province

Serving as the Thai capital for 417 years (1350- 1767), Ayutthaya is one of Thailand’s historical highlights. The Kingdom of Ayutthaya reached its apex in terms of sovereignty, military might, wealth, culture, and international commerce in the 16th century when the Kingdom’s territory was extended far beyond present-day Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar.

Visitors can explore and appreciate Thai history in Ayutthaya, which is situated only 86 kilometers north of Bangkok. The grandeur of Ayutthaya is reflected through numerous magnificent structures and ruins concentrated in and around the city island. The great cultural value of Ayutthaya's ruins was officially recognized in 1991, when the historic city became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour will take you to visit some of the most important sites within the Ayutthaya Historical Park.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet

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This temple is regarded as the symbol of Ayutthaya province and is also a significant historical site. Situated within the royal palace grounds, Wat Phra Si Sanphet is the royal monastery and therefore there are no resident monks in this temple. However, the temple served to conduct ceremonies within the royal court, such as the ritual to drink an oath of allegiance.

Wat Mongkhon Bophit

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This famous temple is situated on the south of Wat Phra Si Sanphet. Its large bronze seated Buddha image or Phra Mongkhon Bophit is one of the largest bronze Buddha images in Thailand with its measures of 9.5 meters across the lap and a height of 12.5 meters. The Buddha image is seated in the position of Subduing Mara.

Wat Mahathat

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The temple is believed to be built during the 14th century A.D. (the early Ayutthaya period). The main prang collapsed during the Ayutthaya period, but was restored. It collapsed again in 1911, so only the foundation of the main prang remains at present.

Wat Chaiwattanaram

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One of the most visited historical site of Ayutthaya, Wat Chaiwattanaram rests on the bank of the Chao Phraya river, to the west of the city island. The temple was built in 1630 by the command of King Prasat Thong, featuring the architectural style influenced by Angkor temple in Cambodia.