The Kingdom of Ayutthaya was a Siamese kingdom that existed from 1351 to 1767. This place was also an important point for artists and spiritual people of the South East Asia. Unfortunately, a significant part of the amazing architecture has been destroyed by the Burmese looters. Ayutthaya has three palaces and more than 400 temples.
Here are ‘5 Most Popular Ayutthaya Attractions’.
1′. Wat Phu Khao Thong
Wat Phu Khao Thong – the name signifies ‘Golden Mount’ which was originally built by the Burmese in the year 1569. When the Burmese left and ran out of the city, Buddhist law forbade the Thais from bringing down the Burmese occupation. The Temple then collapsed due to its lack of maintenance. Today, it is a famous tourist destination, where you can climb to take a great view of rice fields and the town of Ayutthaya.
2. Wat Ratchaburana
The Wat Ratchaburana was founded in the year 1424, by King Borommarachathirat II on the cremation site of his 2 elder brothers, who died in battle. In 1957 the temple’s crypt was looted of a large number of Buddha images and gold artifacts. The thieves were later caught, but few of the treasures were recovered. Some that were recovered are now housed in the nearby Chao Sam Phraya Museum. Subsequent excavations of the crypt have uncovered many more rare Buddha images
3. Wat Phanan Choeng
The south side where Chaophraya & Pasak River meets is the Wat Phanan Choeng an Ayutthaya’s oldest temple. It is the highest building in the temple complex, a high seated Buddha from the year 1334 is seated – Luang Pho Tho. He is more than 20 meters tall. The walls of the temple show small Buddha images, which represents donations’ made to the temple.
4. Wat Phra Mahathat
Wat Mahathat is situated at the center of the Ayutthaya town. It is considered to be a symbol of Buddha. Today the site is especially known for it’s attraction of the tree that holds the Buddha’s head.
5. Wat Yai Chai Mongkol
This temple complex is considered as the most important historic temples in Ayutthaya. Be prepared to meet lots of tourists, when you visit this place.