Ayutthaya is a city in Thailand, about 80km north of Bangkok. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Siam, and a prosperous international trading port, from 1350 until it was razed by the Burmese in 1767. The ruins of the old city now form the Ayutthaya Historical Park, an archaeological site that contains palaces, Buddhist temples, monasteries and statues. The park is on an island between 3 rivers.
At the center of Ayutthaya City is the Ayutthaya Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the most visited site in the area. Here, the four spectacular temples of the early Ayutthaya period (1350–1529) stand amongst a dense canopy of ancient trees. West of here is the site of the Royal Palace and Royal Chapel (Wat Phra Si Sanphet) – the political and spiritual heart of the lost kingdom.
Nowadays, all that is left to show for Ayutthaya’s significance are a series of ruined temples and other important stone-built buildings in varying conditions. Most of the city having been made of wood wasn’t the long-term survival plan they may have thought. Though river barges still navigate its waterways their cargo is more likely to be camera happy visitors than exotic spices or royal personas.
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