Ruins of Ayutthaya- A Must Visit

I have been to Ayuthaya twice and the feeling is the same whenever I go. The ruins that defined the dramatic history of the city always mesmerized me.

Founded in 1351 by King Ramathibodi I and was in the hands of Burma in 1569. After winning back Ayutthaya, a reconstruction was done and of the 400 Temples, only few left. Excavations were also done and discovered artifacts are kept and display at Chao Sam Phraya Museum. To protect and preserve these magnificent legacies, the Thai Government declared it as the Historical Park of Ayutthaya.

Today, locals and tourist can tour around the beautiful shrine to view and perhaps imagine how great the builders of these Khmer Rouge designed ruined temples were.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon or the Great Monastery of Auspicious Victory is one of the most visit temple. Once home of Buddhist Monks who were also ordained in this monastery.
Wat Chaiwatthanaram. A Khmer Designed Temple constructed in 1630 ny King Prasat Thong in memory of his late mother.
This stone Buddha image is the popular object to capture inside the temple.
Wat Mahathat or the Temple of the Great Relic was the center of Buddhism in Ayutthaya.

If you plan to visit Ayutthaya, you can go by train from Hua Lamphong Train Station which is for 34 Baht only and the schedule is everyday around 6 am and 12 noon. Travel time is almost 3 hours. When you reached the train station in Ayutthaya, show your best skills in price bargaining and would be better if by group. Tuktuk price is 600 Baht to 700 Baht . These covers sight seeing all the temples (10 of them). Tuktuk Drivers will also accept 400 Baht but covers only 4 temples. Since I went early, my tour was finished at 2 pm and at almost 6, I am in Bangkok ( I also take train in going back). You can also take taxi or Van, it will take you for almost two hours only. If you will use these kind of transportation, the trip includes visiting to the Historical Park.

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