Photographer's Note

One in a series of pictures taken on a visit to Ayutthaya historical park from Bangkok.

The Ayutthaya historical park covers a large part of the ruins of the old city of Ayutthaya, Thailand. The city was founded by King Ramathibodi I in 1350 and was the capital of the country until its destruction by the Burmese army in 1767.

In 1969 the Fine Arts Department began working on renovation of some of the ruins. The work became more serious after the area was declared a historical park in 1976. The park was subsequently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981.

Thirty-five kings ruled the Ayutthaya kingdom during its existence. King Narai (1656 CE to 1688 CE) not only held court in Ayutthaya but also from his palace in the nearby city of Lopburi, from where he ruled 8–9 months in the year.

There are large number of separate sites within the historical park comprising a considerable number of temples, a few intact and still in use, a large number of others have been restored to various degrees, yet others are no longer visible. There is also a visitor centre offering information and guides for touring the park

Further information regarding the park's UNESCO status can be viewed by clicking here.

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