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This image was shot at Ayuthaya one of the oldest wat ruins in the 14th century. it seems the tree grew around the face of the buddha creating a very interesting feel. Shot in colour converted to B/W in photoshop

Ayuthaya:

It was the capital of Siam (Thailand was earlier called as Siam) from 1350 till 1767, when Burma conquered the city

33 kings of Siam reigned here.  At its peak (about 1700) it had one million inhabitants. Out of this area, there are many old wats (temple-monasteries).

Just 85 kilometers (50 miles) north of Bangkok is the old capitol of Ayutthaya (or Ayuthaya, or even Ayodhaya. No matter how you spell it, its pronounced ah-you-tah-ya.) The city became Thailand's capitol in the mid-14th century and remained the capitol until the late 18th century. About the time that Americans were tossing tea into Boston harbor, the Burmese attacked and sacked Ayutthaya.

The Ayutthaya period is looked on by many as the time when much of what is now thought of as "Thai style" was developed. In temples, this is when you see a marked transition from the Khmer style "prangs" to the bell shaped "chedi." While Sukothai further north is seen as the birth of the Thai kingdom, Ayutthaya is seen today as its high point. Around Ayutthaya are signs of the Japanese, French, Dutch and Portuguese traders that came to the Thai court.

Ayutthaya is a relatively low-key site. You can spend a leisurely day here, or a quick stop, all with relatively low pressure compared to many other tourist sites. From Ayutthaya you can quickly get on an expressway and be back in Bangkok in about an hour.

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