If you are visiting Bangkok, make time to visit Ayutthaya Historical Park. This World Heritage site is simply breath-taking and grants visitors a unique insight into Thailand’s rich history. Located in Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya Province on the outskirt of Bangkok, the ancient city is characterized by the relics of palace towers and gigantic monasteries reminiscent of its past splendour.
Ayutthaya Historical Park is the cradle of the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai, but it was destroyed during the Burmese invasion in the 18th century. The city was founded in 1350 and flourished from the 14th to the 18thcentury. Strategically located on an island and surrounded by water ways connecting the city to the sea, Ayutthaya was a beacon of global diplomacy and commerce. The ancient city was laid out according to a rigid city planning grid, with roads, canals, and moats around all the main structures. It has a hydraulic system for water management which was an incredible technological advancement for that time.
In 1767, the Burmese army ransacked the city and burned it to the ground, forcing its inhabitants to flee. Ayutthaya was never rebuilt and what you see today is exactly as it looked after the attack. Ayutthaya Historical Park became an important archaeological site revealing the way of life of people in the ancient city. It was discovered that the Royal Court of Ayutthaya exchanged ambassadors from all over the world, including the French Court at Versailles and the Mughal Court in Delhi. Foreign influences were many in the city and can still be seen in the surviving art and in the architectural ruins.
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Ayutthaya, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya