The Ruins of Ayutthaya i

Wat Chaiwatthanaram temple complex in Ayutthaya, Thailand. (JG Photo/Sheany)

By : Sheany | on 4:51 PM April 10, 2017
Category : Eyewitness, Multimedia, Photos

The historic city of Ayutthaya, Thailand, was founded in 1350 and was the first capital city of the titular kingdom.

The city was ransacked by the Burmese army in 1767, who burned it to the ground and forced its inhabitants to flee to the countryside.

Now, the once bustling city has been turned into the sedate Ayutthaya Historical Park, dotted with ancient monuments and archaeological ruins. Tall, ancient towers of monumental Buddhist monasteries serve as potent reminders to every visitor of a once great civilization.

In 1991, Unesco designated Ayutthaya as a World Heritage Site.

The Ayutthaya Historical Park is a 90-minute drive from Bangkok. It covers an extensive complex of temples and monuments.

'Buddha’s Head in Tree Roots' in Wat Maha That; the head was once part of a sandstone Buddha statue. When it fell off the body, the head was trapped in the roots of a constantly growing Bodhi tree. (JG Photo/Sheany) 'Buddha’s Head in Tree Roots' in Wat Maha That; the head was once part of a sandstone Buddha statue. When it fell off the body, the head was trapped in the roots of a constantly growing Bodhi tree. (JG Photo/Sheany)

Ruins of statues at the Wat Chaiwatthanaram temple complex in Ayutthaya. (JG Photo/Sheany) Ruins of statues at the Wat Chaiwatthanaram temple complex in Ayutthaya. (JG Photo/Sheany)

Ruins of Buddhist monasteries in Wat Chaiwatthanaram. The temple complex was constructed in 1630 and later established as an 'Aranya' temple, where mainly Buddhist monks practice meditation deep in the forest. (JG Photo/Sheany) Ruins of Buddhist monasteries in Wat Chaiwatthanaram. The temple complex was constructed in 1630 and later established as an 'Aranya' temple, where mainly Buddhist monks practice meditation deep in the forest. (JG Photo/Sheany)

One of the remaining Buddha statues at the Wat Maha That temple in Ayutthaya. (JG Photo/Sheany) One of the remaining Buddha statues at the Wat Maha That temple in Ayutthaya. (JG Photo/Sheany)

Wat Maha That temple complex in Ayutthaya. (JG Photo/Sheany) Wat Maha That temple complex in Ayutthaya. (JG Photo/Sheany)


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