Ancient Ruins of Ayutthaya : A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Historic City of Ayutthaya, founded in 1350, was the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom. It flourished from the 14th to the 18th centuries, during which time it grew to be one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan urban areas and a center of global diplomacy and commerce. Ayutthaya was strategically located on an island surrounded by three rivers connecting the city to the sea. This site was chosen because it was located above the tidal bore of the Gulf of Siam as it existed at that time, thus preventing attack of the city by the sea-going warships of other nations. The location also helped to protect the city from seasonal flooding.

Ancient Ruins of Ayutthaya thailand travel guide

The city was attacked and razed by the Burmese army in 1767 who burned the city to the ground and forced the inhabitants to abandon the city. The city was never rebuilt in the same location and remains known today as an extensive archaeological site.

At present, it is located in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province. The total area of the World Heritage property is 289 ha. ~ source : unesco.org

All around the city of Ayutthaya we could see the ancient ruins.

Ancient Ruins of Ayutthaya thailand travel guide

AYUTTHAYA HISTORICAL PARK

From here I'm going to take you to a photo tour of the area.

Ancient Ruins of Ayutthaya thailand travel guide
Ancient Ruins of Ayutthaya thailand travel guide
Ancient Ruins of Ayutthaya thailand travel guide
Ancient Ruins of Ayutthaya thailand travel guide
Ancient Ruins of Ayutthaya thailand travel guide
Ancient Ruins of Ayutthaya thailand travel guide

Here's a short video clip from our visit to the Historic City of Ayutthaya.



We did this tour with River Sun Cruise which costs 1553 THB. It's super duper hot however you could find a handful of stalls selling refreshments as well as souvenir shops before you enter the park. Don't forget  to apply sunblock. This site is really a must visit when you go to Thailand.

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