Rediscover the Ruined City of Thailand

Thailand mirrors gigantic skyscrapers, luxury shopping malls, swanky lifestyles, picture-perfect beaches, enchanting Thai architecture, and fascinating cultural heritage. Have you ever wondered about an ancient ruined city in the “Land of Smiles“?

If you travel a few kilometers north of the bustling city of Bangkok, you will be taken by surprise. The concept of a “larger than life lifestyle” is replaced by a slow-paced life in an ancient ruined city, which used to be the capital of Thailand. With its glorious past and engrossing historical ruins, the compelling beauty of Ayutthaya will draw your attention, the moment you enter the destination. When I had first visited this place, it was nothing less than discovering the other side of Thailand.

Located on the bank of the Chao Phraya River, Ayutthaya celebrates magnificent cultural heritage. Once a major trading port, this capital city was the largest city in the world with a total population of 1 million inhabitants. Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Thailand for 417 years celebrates towering monuments, historical ruins, mesmerizing Buddhist temples, and treasure-laden palaces. It will give you a glimpse of its celebrated past.

This photo story will take you virtually to Ayutthaya to rediscover the charm of the ancient capital of Thailand. 

One of the most iconic images that pop up when we talk about Ayutthaya is undoubtedly the image of the head of Buddha wrapped within the banyan tree. Wat Mahathat is one of the most popular tourist places in Ayutthaya. A bucket list-worthy place to rediscover the ancient charm of Thailand.
 Wat Phra Ram is one of the most popular archaeological sites of Ayutthaya. The Temple complex comprises a large prang (a tower rich with sculptures) and a chedi (a stupa) and numerous ruins all around.
A Thai man offering prayer to the largest reclining Buddha at Wat Lokkayasutharam. This is a common sight at Wat Lokkayasutharam in Ayutthaya.
How about waking up early in the morning on the bank of the Chao Phraya River just to admire the spectacular beauty of architectural treasures in Ayutthaya? It is a blissful experience.
A large Buddha statue in the ruins of Ayutthaya
There is a unique charm in experiencing the ancient monuments during sunsets. The towering architectural wonders make it worth visiting Ayutthaya.
The largest reclining Buddha is one of the major tourist attractions of Ayutthaya. This is one of the sacred places in the city. Approximately 42 meters long, the reclining Buddha is made of brick covered with plaster.
This illustrious palace was used as a summer dwelling by the Siamese royal family. The Siamese monarchs used this palace as a country residence after King Prasat Thong.
Once flourishing city now shouts loud its glorious past in the ruins.
This shot has justified the titled ” The Ruined City”. The shouting history of this place can be heard and seen in every ruin.

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