Ayutthaya Temples

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Why the
Ayutthaya Temples
are special

These ruins were once proud members of the ancient city of Ayutthaya. It was one of the world's largest, richest, and most resplendent cities in the 17th century.

Ayutthaya Temples
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Must-see temples


Wat Mahathat

Photogenic because the exposed roots of a tree have a stranglehold on a sculpted Buddha's head. The site also features an interesting row of decapitated (by the Burmese) monkey statues.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Famous for its three soaring chedi (stupas).

Wat Phu Khao Thong

This large white temple seemingly sprouts out of a rice field landscape.

History in brief

Ayutthaya was founded in 1350 as the capital of the mighty Ayutthaya Kingdom and prospered for four centuries. This came to a sudden stop in 1767 when the invading Burmese army plundered and annihilated it.

More pointers


Ayutthaya is a popular day trip out of Bangkok because it is only a little over an hour away by a high-speed road.

The name is pronounced:

Ayutthaya is a large island surrounded by three rivers and was once completely encircled by a lengthy defensive wall.

Visit the Historical Study Center Museum. It helps make its collection interesting by using modern presentation techniques.

Location in Thailand

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Ayutthaya Temples
Chiang Mai
Phanom Rung Hist Park
Prasat Hin Phimai
Phang Nga Bay
Phi Phi Islands
Sukhothai Historical Park

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Temple photo by PlusMinus


Tourism Authority of Thailand


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