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Ayutthaya historical park
This interesting and educational park offers an insight into the history and architecture of one of Thailand's most important regions.
The Phra Nakhon Si Ayuthaya Historical Park envelops the ruins of the ancient city of Ayutthaya, which was founded by King Ramathibodi I in 1350 and was the capital city until its devastation by the Burmese army in 1767.
After much restoration work, the historical park was opened in 1976 and declared a UNESCO World heritage site in 1981.
Most of Ayutthaya's rich history can be found inside the park, which is a large island in the center of the city, formed by an ox-bow and man made canal in the river. Here you will find a stunning blend of Khmer architecture, characteristically comprised of constructions of brick, laterite and sandstone and mixed with elegant and symmetrical designs of the Sukhothai period.
Ayutthaya Historical Park is situated opposite the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum. The park is extremely large and visiting all the ruins takes several hours. The best way to explore is by bicycle, although there are plenty of samlors available for those who want to avoid cycling in the heat.
Unlike most temples in Ayutthaya, Wat Naphrameru is still used today as a working temple and is the only one that was not destroyed during the Burmese invasion. The temple survived because the cannon that was pointed at it exploded and fatally injured the Burmese king.
Located near the bank of Klong Muang, this attractive temple contains a valuable Buddha statue known as Phra Buddha Nimit Wichitmarnmolee Srisanphet Boromtrilokanat. It was created in 1505 and, standing at a height of 18 feet and covered with gold leaf, is the largest and most beautifully dressed Buddha image in Ayutthaya.
According to legend, the temple was developed in 1503 by Phra Ong Indra during the reign of King Ramathibodhi II (1491-1529). Many important events have taken place in the temple, such as King Maha Chakkraphat signing a peace treaty with the Burmese king and in 1760, the Burmese used this monastery during an invasion to fire canons at the Royal Palace Admission fee 30 THB for Westerners