AyutthayaImagine the hottest and most humid day possible. Then imagine hotter... Now it's time to go to Ayutthaya, the ancient second capital of Thailand.
Established in 1350. Ayutthaya saw many kings and dynasties over four hundred years until the city was destroyed by the Burmese and Ayutthaya fell into ruin.
There are remnants of prang (reliquary towers) and gigantic monasteries. The stones and stucco remain, but the wood parts, such as beams have disappeared. This site is so immense hinting at ancient splendor.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ayutthaya was affected by the severe flooding in Thailand, July 2011. There are high water lines on some of the ruins.
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The Bronze Buddha
The Bronze Buddha is housed in the Phra Mongkhon Bophit Temple near the Ayutthaya ruins. The Buddha was previously housed in another building however iightning struck the building causing the roof to cave in and breaking off the head of the Buddha. The Buddha was restored by a latter king.
Small images of Buddha are decorated with pieces of gold leaf purchased by the devote and affixed to the statue's face or body. Frequently seen in temples.