Everyone will find something for their own in Thailand: the sea and beach destinations are epic, a variety of entertainment shows are enormous, plus local food and fruits should be praised as one of the greatest all over the world. Well, do not forget about the richest culture and history of the kingdom. And even we had it all, we always happy to be back in Ayutthaya.
Ayutthaya is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand, a lot of tourists come here to look at its ruins. The ancient capital of Siam can be safely called an open-air museum. We’ve been over five times in this ancient town, so let us be your guide and tell you some historical facts about the former capital of Thailand!
- Ayutthaya is the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Siam (Thailand). At present, it is a small city located near Bangkok, only 75 km away.
- Ayutthaya had a population of over 1 million and was one of the largest cities in the world at the time.
- The city of Ayuttaya was founded in 1350 as the new capital of the Kingdom Siam, to replace the previous one – Sukhothai.
- In XIV-XVII centuries Siam was one of the most powerful and richest states in Southeast Asia. About 400 temples and 3 palaces were built here.
- In 1767, the Burmese attacked Siam, destroyed and burned the capital, leaving only ruins. The war that ended with the expulsion of the Burmese, the city was no longer subject to restoration as a capital. The capital was first transferred to Thonburi, and later to Bangkok.
- Almost all of the Buddha statues were beheaded by the Burmese. By this, they tried to break the spirit of the Thais, since Buddhists believe that the human soul is in the head.
- In 1991 Ayutthaya was included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. The Thai government is currently trying to rebuild Ayutthaya: renovations are underway where possible.
Have you been to Ayutthaya? Would you like to visit?