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Old July 18th, 2010, 11:40 AM   #541
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Amazing, really very nice photos from Bangkok and the rest of Thailand once again, shyaman
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Old July 18th, 2010, 01:43 PM   #543
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AYUTTHAYA
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The city of Ayutthaya was founded around 1350 by the ruler of Lop Buri (another ancient city of Thailand) after escaping a smallpox outbreak in his city. By the early 15th century Ayutthaya has become a major power, stealing the limelight from Lop Buri. In early 18th century, the city has declined after a 3 year war and in 1767 the Burmese ransacked the city. Today, the ruins of the old city stand among modern buildings of this provincial town.

Ayutthata has several wats (a wat is a collection of buildings in an enclosed/walled area which serves as a Buddhist monastery temple and community center).

This is Wat Phra Mahathat, one of the largest and most important wat complexes in Ayutthaya.



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Old July 18th, 2010, 01:46 PM   #544
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Wat Mahathat was founded in late 14th century and is just one of more than 10 wats in Ayutthaya. The Ayutthaya Historical Park, where Wat Mahathat is located is a UNESCO World Heritage site.





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One of several minor wihans in the wat…





Most Buddha images have missing body parts…







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This is a revered site in Wat Mahathat. For centuries, a bodhi tree has grown around a Buddha head.






Behind the tree were some offerings...

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More of the amazing Wat Phra Mahathat…





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On a nearby street, people are already starting the Songkran Festival ritual … making everyone wet!



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Outside, these modernized tuktuks are for hire for a day’s tour…






Or if you want to tour in style, you can hire this horse-drawn carriage. It seems out of place though.

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Had lunch at a local restaurant beside Chao Phraya.



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Across the river is a Catholic church and a river boat pier…





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This Chao Phraya river is the same river that bisects Bangkok. Similar to Bangkok, the Ayutthaya portion of the river is also very navigable.



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