Historic City of Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya

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Discover Thailand's rich and compelling history at Historic City of Ayutthaya, a settlement founded in 1350. The second Siamese capital, it was ransacked by the Burmese in the 18th century, yet its ruins still offer a fascinating glimpse into Asian architecture of the period, town life, and spirituality. Now a World Heritage Site, the city retains an abundance of treasured buildings, statues, and surrounding scenery. Admire the delicacy of the design and its resilience to the forces of nature and society. Remember to bring your camera, and note that crowds peak at midday. With our world travel planner, Ayutthaya attractions like Historic City of Ayutthaya can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • I have visited the historic city of Ayuthaya which was once the capital of Thailand during my trip to Bangkok. I had visited this place for a full day sightseeing tour from Bangkok. I had purchased a....  more »
  • Exploring the temple ruins in Ayutthaya was incredible. We rented two bicycles and spent a whole day checking out the most popular ruins in the area. Our first stop was Wat Maha That to see the...  more »
  • The city of Ayutthaya was founded by U-Thong in 1351. The holy city is located on the north side of the Bangkok (70 Km away). Ayutthaya or Krung Kao "ancient capital" was the capital of the country...  more »
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  • There is so much to see in this city. Here are the eye-catching scenes. Not really worth the trip. very very nice place.
  • This city has a lot of amazing attractions. There are a lot of elephants to ride in the city. The ancient ruins is a beautiful place. Well maintained and protected.
  • Come to beautiful Thailand. From Bangkok move 80km towards north. Here you are at the ruins of the old city of Ayutthaya (officially called Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya), now form the Ayutthaya Historical Park. Ayutthaya is the former capital of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya province in Thailand. It is situated in the Chao Phraya River Valley. It is an archaeological site that contains palaces, Buddhist temples, monasteries and statues. The park is on an island between 3 rivers. Go back in time some seven hundred years. King U Thong founded this magnificent city In 1351. All was glorious for nearly 400 years. Year 1767 CE saw dark clouds of destruction over the beautiful City of Ayutthaya. Destruction by Burmese Army brought down the kingdom. Everything ruined. The ruins of the old city are preserved in the Ayutthaya Historical Park, which is recognised internationally as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It takes years and years to build such a beautiful City and to preserve its beautiful heritage for generations. But destruction hardly take few days, never to return back the beauty to the City. Each piece of ruins speak volumes. They have stood the test of time to speak silently to the visitors about them. It is indeed a great work. Visit the place. Watch the ruins. Learn the magnificent past and Enjoy the present. Good luck.
  • 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. (Description provided by UNESCO)
  • Very nice place

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