Ayutthaya World Heritage the Former Capital of Thailand
Full Day Tour
TOUR CODE : HTA031
Thai capital for 417 years, Many ancient ruins and art works can be
seen in a city that was founded in 1350 by King U Thong when the Thais
were forced southwards by northern neighbors. During the period of
Ayutthaya being the Thai capital, 33 Kings of different dynasties ruled
the Kingdom until the Burmese sacked it in 1767. Ayutthaya, the city of
enchantment is 76 km. North of Bangkok and boasts numerous magnificent
ruins, Such ruins indicate that Ayutthaya was one of Indo - China most
prosperous cities. Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park, a vast
stretch of historical site in the heart of Ayutthaya City, has been
included in UNESCO is list of world heritage since December 13, 1991.
this monastery has no record as to its date of construction or the
person causing its construction. It existed before Ayutthaya was founded
as the capital. The principal image in the Wihan called Phrachao
Phananchoeng was built in A.D. 1325, it is a golden Buddha of 19 meters
high made of stucco in the attitude of Subduing Evil, considered
beautiful, it is the most revered by the inhabitants of Ayutthaya.
Phra Sri Sanphet Temple,
This important and most outstanding monastery is located in Grand
Palace compound like Wat Phra Kaeo of Bangkok. Used as a residential
palace, in 1500 a 16 meters high standing Buddha was cast by King
Ramathipodi II. The image was covered with gold weighing some 170 kg.
But destroying the in 1767, the Burmese set fire to the image to melt
off the gold, completely image and the temple. Nearby are three
Ceylonese style chedis built during the 15th century to enshrine the
ashes of three Ayutthayan Kings. These were renovated in 1956.
Phra Maha That Temple, It was built by King Ramesusn in 1384. The major construction was the high pagoda, or prang which was destroye by Burmese invaders. When the government undertook to restore all Ayutthaya ruins in 1956, the Fine Arts Department excavated the pagoda and found a buried treasure chest containing many valuables. Among objects discovered were a relic of Lord Buddha, placed inside a golden casket, several golden Buddha images in different sizes and many other objects in gold, ruby and crystal.
Chaiwatthanaram Temple, A beautiful example of Ayutthaya architectural style on the bank of The Chao Phraya, and was built under the command of King Prasat Thong. Though it was razed in the fall of Ayutthaya in 1767, The great beauty has been reflected from the main stupa and its satellite stupas along the gallery, an architecture influenced by Khmer. The existing main Prang and Pagodas around the corners are still in good shape.
Bang Pa-In Palace Originally, Bang Pa-In was a reverine island. Built as a palace on a lake in the middle of the island by King Prasat Thong (1630-1655). It was used as a country residence by every Ayutthayan monarch after King Prasat Thong until the new capital was established in Bangkok. It was left unoccupied for 80 years until King Mongkut had a house built in the old palace is compound. King Chulalongkorn constructed The Royal Palace as it is seen today.