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About Ayutthaya

Lying approximately 80 kilometers north of Bangkok, Ayutthaya, the capital city of the Siamese Kingdom, is a city of temples. Included in UNESCO World Heritage List in 1991, the city attracts the attention of the tourists with its history, nature and delicious food. The city was founded by the King U-Thong in 1351, and today it has the Ayutthaya Historical Park which turned into an archeological site containing Buddhist temples and monasteries. You can spend one whole day in this park. In this park, which is a small island among three rivers, the temples like Wat Phra Sri Sanphet and Wat Ratchaburana belonging to the 15th century have elaborate decorations and Khmer-style towers. If you wish, you can take the boat tours to see the park.

You can see the Buddhist temple Wat Chaiwatthanaram from the 17th century in the west of modern Ayutthaya surrounding the remnants of the old city. In the east, you can visit the swimming market. In this market, you can come across a lot of exotic products from vegetables-fruit to street food and local handicrafts. You can visit the Wat Phra Si Sanphet (Splendid Omniscient Temple), which is also a model for Wat Phra Kaeo in Bangkok today being the holiest temple of the Kingdom Palace in Ayutthaya, the old capital city of Thailand.

You can go to the Phra Mongkhon Bophit Temple to see the biggest Buddha sculpture in Thailand. The left shoulder of the sculpture, which was damaged during the Burma Invasion and have gone through two restorations so far, was found during these restorations is exhibited in Chao Sam Phraya National Museum now. You mustn’t enter this place with shoes, but there is no dress code. However, you can take a nice break in the garden of this place, which is visited by many people for praying. There are tours between the temples with bicycles, tuk-tuks and even elephants. If you’d like to, you can take these tours or walk in the city.

Street foods are dominant in Ayutthaya cuisine in which rice, spices and fruit are given importance. Therefore, get ready to try new tastes in the street. You can really have quite reasonably priced meals filling your stomach.

The best time to travel to Ayutthaya, which is in the tropical climate zone, is the period between November and February. In this period, monsoon rains and muggy weather come to an end. If you want to be here in a warmer time, you can choose the months of March and June.

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