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    Mediate in front of the Buddha

    by vpas Written Jan 4, 2014
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    There are some working Buddhist temples where you can listen to some divine chanting and sit for meditation. It would be a welcome break from the running around and sight seeing that one tends to do!!

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    Watch Thai Ladies Playing the Ranat

    by machomikemd Written Nov 2, 2013
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    if you are touring around thailand and you see thai ladies playing the famous xylophone like wooden instruments made of bamboo and teak wood and with two small mallets and it plays beautiful and haunting music, then you have seen the famous Ranat instrument. it has different permutations and some Ranat are curved and some are flat, producing different music pitches. This instrument is similar to the Laotian and Cambodian versions of it. you can hear the haunting music of it here in my videos too.

    according to wikipedia:

    The ranat ek (Thai: ระนาดเอก, pronounced [ranâːt ʔèːk], "alto xylophone") is a Thai xylophone. It has 22 wooden bars suspended by cords over a boat-shaped trough resonator, and is played with two mallets. It is used as a leading instrument in the piphat ensemble.

    The ranat ek is played by two types of mallets. The hard mallets create the sharp bright sound when they keys are hit.The hard mallets are used for faster playing. The soft mallets create a mellow and softer tone which is used for slower songs.

    ranat ek bars are typically made from rosewood (Dalbergia oliveri; Thai: ไม้ชิงชัน; mai ching chan), although in rare instances instruments with bamboo bars can be found.

    Some ranat ek players are able to play two instruments at the same time, placed at right angles to each other.

    The ranat ek is very similar to a Cambodian xylophone called roneat ek.

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    Memorial to Queen Sunanda Kumariratana

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 2, 2013
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    At the Back of the of the King Chulalangkorn Throne Hall (Excellent and Shining Heavenly Abode ) after the bridge is a memorial built for the Memory of Queen Sunanda Kumariratana who perished at the Chao Phraya River in 1881, when the royal barge she was riding capsized. Queen Sunanda Kumariratana and her only daughter Princess Karnabhorn Bejraratana were on their way to the Bang Pa-In Palace when the royal barge carrying them capsized. According to Thai law at the time, touching a royal was punishable by death so no one tried to save them as a vizier in another both repeated that threat of death on who would touch a royal. King Chulalongkorn was shocked by the events, he then demoted and jailed the vizier who obeyed the letter of the law and he decided to built this shrine in Bang Pa In in memorial to her queen and daughter.

    they have two separate memorial shines, the nearer one to the foot path is the princess and the farther one is th queen's. The memorial also has pictures of the queen and her daughter in the marker.

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    Ayutthaya update

    by stamporama Updated Aug 6, 2013
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    As of August 2013, the admission fees to the following places are as follows:

    Wat Yai Chaya Mongkol - 20 baht
    Ayutthaya Historical Park - 50 baht

    To get around the sites, upon arrival from Bangkok, hire a tuktuk driver that will take you to the sights you wish to see. Based on the number of hours you'll use him, negotiate the final fare. In our case, we paid 800 baht for 4 hours as there were 3 of us. He won't give any tour narratives and you'll have to pay the entrance fees at every stop.

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    Bang Pa In Palace or Summer Palace of the King-IV

    by goutammitra Written Nov 11, 2012

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    The Death of Queen Sunanda
    In 1881, Queen Sunanda Kumariratana and her only daughter Princess Karnabhorn Bejraratana were on their way to the Bang Pa-In Palace when the royal barge carrying them capsized. According to Thai law at the time, touching a royal was punishable by death, so onlookers looked on helplessly as they drowned - and were instructed to do so by a guardian on another boat. King Chulalongkorn, shocked by the events, demoted and jailed the vizier who obeyed the letter of the law at such cost and erected a memorial to her in Bang Pa-In. ( Information Courtesy Wikipedia)

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    Bang Pa In Palace or Summer Palace of the King-III

    by goutammitra Updated Nov 11, 2012

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    Bang Pa-In's number one sight is the Bang Pa-In Palace [1], also known as the Summer Palace. Originally built by Ayutthayan King Prasat Thong in 1632 but abandoned after the sack of Ayutthaya in 1767, the site was partially restored by King Mongkut (Rama IV) in the 1850s. The site as it stands today, however, is largely the work of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), who expanded the area into a Versaillesque garden filled with European-style buildings in 1872-1889. Last restored in 2001, the palace and its grounds are maintained in immaculate shape and well worth a visit. Entry 100 baht, open daily 08:00-16:00. The grounds are not too large to be covered on foot, but you can also rent a golf cart to scoot around in for 400 Baht for the first hour and 100 Baht per hour after that. As at all royal sites, proper dress is required, but you can buy a 100 baht wraparound skirt from the stall in front of the entrance if needed. But if you want they will allow you to use it but you must return while leaving!

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    Bang Pa In Palace or Summer Palace of the King

    by goutammitra Updated Nov 10, 2012

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    After getting down in Bangkok city, we made the best possible use for our available time as the day was free to us.We hired a car and went to see Ayutthaya. Unfortunately, we found not a single tourist from India as they come on Group tours, Auytthaya is not included there.
    Located about 66 kilometer from Bangkok city, This marvelous Palace is worth visiting by every tourist coming to Thailand.

    Bang Pa-In Royal Palace , also known as the Summer Palace, is a palace complex formerly used by the Thai kings. The palace is located on the Chao Phraya River bank in Bang Pa-In district, Ayutthaya Province
    King Prasat Thong originally constructed the complex in 1632, and though it lay empty and overgrown throughout the late 18th and early 19th centuries, King Mongkut began to restore the site in the mid-19th century. Most of the present buildings were constructed between 1872 and 1889 by King Chulalongkorn.
    The facilities include vast gardens and landscaping, Wehart Chamrunt (Heavenly Light), a Chinese-style royal palace and throne room; the Warophat Phiman (Excellent and Shining Heavenly Abode), a royal residence; Ho Withun Thasana (Sages' Lookout), a brightly-painted lookout tower; and the Aisawan Thiphya-Art (Divine Seat of Personal Freedom), a pavilion constructed in the middle of a pond.
    The palace remains largely open to visitors, as King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his family use it only rarely for banquets and special occasions.

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    Wat Mahathat (3)

    by machomikemd Written Nov 9, 2012
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    Final Part of my multi part tip with more pictures round the Wat Maha Tat

    There are a few wat mahathats around thailand but the most famous of them all and is onb the post cards and fridge magnets of thailand is the wat mahathat in Ayuthaya as it has the famous head of the buddha enclosed by a banyan tree. Wat Maha That at was a royal monastery and the spiritual center of the city and was built in 1374. Wat Maha That was restored and remodeled many times in the later Ayutthaya period, until it finally collapsed in 1904. There are many ruins and structures around the wat that is of the ayuthaya and old sukhotai and a bit of khmer style.

    Opens: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday
    admision is 25 baht per person at the ticket counter

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    Wat Mahathat (2)

    by machomikemd Written Nov 9, 2012
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    Part two of my multi part tip with more pictures round the Wat Maha Tat

    There are a few wat mahathats around thailand but the most famous of them all and is onb the post cards and fridge magnets of thailand is the wat mahathat in Ayuthaya as it has the famous head of the buddha enclosed by a banyan tree. Wat Maha That at was a royal monastery and the spiritual center of the city and was built in 1374. Wat Maha That was restored and remodeled many times in the later Ayutthaya period, until it finally collapsed in 1904. There are many ruins and structures around the wat that is of the ayuthaya and old sukhotai and a bit of khmer style.

    Opens: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday
    admision is 25 baht per person at the ticket counter

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    Wat Mahathat (1)

    by machomikemd Written Nov 9, 2012
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    This will be a multi part tip with more pictures round the Wat Maha Tat

    There are a few wat mahathats around thailand but the most famous of them all and is onb the post cards and fridge magnets of thailand is the wat mahathat in Ayuthaya as it has the famous head of the buddha enclosed by a banyan tree. Wat Maha That at was a royal monastery and the spiritual center of the city and was built in 1374. Wat Maha That was restored and remodeled many times in the later Ayutthaya period, until it finally collapsed in 1904. There are many ruins and structures around the wat that is of the ayuthaya and old sukhotai and a bit of khmer style.

    Opens: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday
    admision is 25 baht per person at the ticket counter

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    Wat Lokayasutha Ayutthaya (2)

    by machomikemd Written Nov 9, 2012
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    part 2 of my two part tip with more pictures around Wat Lokayasutha Ayutthaya Ayuthaya

    If Wat Pho in Bangkok has a golden reclining buddha, Ayuthaya has a brick and mortar Reclining Buddha at the Ayuthaya Historical park, located at the Wat Lokayasutha Ayutthaya. The size of the reclining buddha here is smaller at 36 meter as compared to the 46 meters at wat pho. It is known as Phra Buddhasaiyart, The area at ground level beneath the head is covered in tiny squares of gold-leaf which have been paced there by local people and buddhist tourists offerings . Flowers and incense are also presented as offerings. Phra Buddhasaiyart has been restored on a number of occasions in modern times. Most recently, the flooding of late 2011

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    Wat Lokayasutha Ayutthaya (1)

    by machomikemd Written Nov 9, 2012
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    This will be a two part tip with more pictures around Wat Lokayasutha Ayutthaya Ayuthaya

    If Wat Pho in Bangkok has a golden reclining buddha, Ayuthaya has a brick and mortar Reclining Buddha at the Ayuthaya Historical park, located at the Wat Lokayasutha Ayutthaya. The size of the reclining buddha here is smaller at 36 meter as compared to the 46 meters at wat pho. It is known as Phra Buddhasaiyart, The area at ground level beneath the head is covered in tiny squares of gold-leaf which have been paced there by local people and buddhist tourists offerings . Flowers and incense are also presented as offerings. Phra Buddhasaiyart has been restored on a number of occasions in modern times. Most recently, the flooding of late 2011

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    Wat Na Phra Men: Mon Buddha

    by machomikemd Written Nov 9, 2012
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    This will be a two part tip with more pictures of the two temples, one housing the Mon Buddha and the main Ordination hall

    This wat is surprisingly one of the few structures in Ayuthaya that were not destroyed by the Burmese Army during the fall of the Ayuthaya Empire. In fact the Burmese used the location from which to fire canon into the fortified City. Originally it was called Wat Phra Meru Rachikaram and was constructed about 1503 during the reign of King Ramathibodi. The things to see inside are the Main Ordination hall and the smaller shrine to a Mon Buddha. In 1835 and again in 1838 it was renovated during the reign of Rama 111 of the Bangkok Chakry dynasty. Accordingly the art, structures and decorations are of different styles.

    opens: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday
    admission is free

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    Wat Na Phra Men: Main Ordination Hall

    by machomikemd Written Nov 9, 2012
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    This will be a two part tip with more pictures of the two temples, one housing the Mon Buddha and the main Ordination hall

    This wat is surprisingly one of the few structures in Ayuthaya that were not destroyed by the Burmese Army during the fall of the Ayuthaya Empire. In fact the Burmese used the location from which to fire canon into the fortified City. Originally it was called Wat Phra Meru Rachikaram and was constructed about 1503 during the reign of King Ramathibodi. The things to see inside are the Main Ordination hall and the smaller shrine to a Mon Buddha. In 1835 and again in 1838 it was renovated during the reign of Rama 111 of the Bangkok Chakry dynasty. Accordingly the art, structures and decorations are of different styles.

    opens: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday
    admission is free

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    Wat Kai Thia

    by machomikemd Written Nov 9, 2012
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    Wat Kai Thia is one of the buddhist temples that are found at the Chao Phraya River and most of the Ayuthaya Day tours from bangkok that combine a bus and boat cruise along the Chao Phraya River start their Chao Phraya River Cruise from this boat docking station beside a buddhist temple or wat at the MEKHALA docks at Wat Kai Tia, a Thai temple set in a tranquil rural village in the banks of the Chao Phraya River at Pathumthani Province as the first or last stop of the tour is at the Bang Pa In Summer Palace, which is located just a 10 minute drive north of the temple. They also offer an overnight stay at the temple if you booked a 2 day ayuthaya tour with cruise. You have a 10 minute stop at the temple so you can take some pictures and videos around it if you like, before riding the big tour bus that goes to the Bang Pa In Summer Palace.

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