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Ayutthaya was the capital of the Siamese Kingdom from the 14th to the 18th century

Ayutthaya was the capital of the Siamese Kingdom from the 14th to the 18th century; visiting merchants proclaimed the city the finest they had ever seen.

Ayutthaya today is an atmospheric area of decaying red-brick ruins set in verdant fields. Ayutthaya’s most significant sites are set on an island where the rivers Lopburi, Pasak and Chao Praya meet.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet is distinguished by its three splendid stone chedi. Wat Chai Wattanaram has a 35m high Khmer-style central prang (reliquary tower) encircled by many smaller towers and prangs, as well as Buddha images sheltered by decorated pediments.

 

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