Ayutthaya Journals

Ayo Aya Ayutthaya

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A July 2008 trip to Ayutthaya by SeenThat

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Quote: Few locations in modern Thailand offer a better insight to Thai culture and history.
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Slowly returning to the dust they came from, ruins are all what survived from Ayutthaya. Most of them are on the island's northwest, west of the modern, but unimportant, town; the best way of exploring the area is by walking among the lush greenery. Religious ruins are a big part of the complex; it is not hard to imagine the city in its splendor since we have a modern counterpart at Bangkok's Grand Palace. Ayutthaya's structures feature a mix of Khmer (in the rounded prangs) and Sukhothai...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 12, 2009

Royal Ruins in Ayutthaya

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Ayutthaya's religious ruins do not tell the whole story; being the kingdom's capital since its foundation in 1351, the city fulfilled also an administrative role which was reflected in various structures and features characteristic of a political nexus, including areas in which foreigners lived.Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (The Holy City of Ayutthaya) was once among the world's biggest cities. During the mid 17th century, foreign visitors claimed Ayutthaya was the most magnificent city they had ever see; by then it had more than a million denizens, twice as much as contemporaneous London.In 1969 the Thai Fine Arts Department began the ruins renovations; they were...Read More

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Roaming Rationale

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Ayutthaya is superbly located about an hour (86km) north of Bangkok, comfortably allowing visits in one of two modes: 1. A short trip from and to Bangkok.2. The first leg to a trip to Sukhothai, Phitsanulok and centr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 24, 2008

Remembering the Ayutthaya Kingdom

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As commented elsewhere, visiting important historic ruins - like Angkor - without understanding the sights would probably spoil the event. Ayutthaya is not different; moreover, comprehending its history is key to understanding modern Thailand. The kingdom of Ayutthaya was the second Thai kingdom, following the one in Sukhothai and preceding the one in Thonburi/...Read More

Running South in Mandala Circles

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Micro: The Thai AngleAlong their recorded history, Thais have been moving southwards; it isn't just the relocation vector of their three last capital cities, but an event that began much earlier. Under the pressure of Chinese-Han migrations southwards, the Thai left their original lands in what they called Chiang Roon in ...Read More