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    Wat Na Phra Men: Mon Buddha

    by machomikemd Written Nov 9, 2012

    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

    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

    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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    Phra Chedi Suryothai

    by machomikemd Written Nov 9, 2012

    The Phra Chedi Suryothai is a large Ayuthaya Style Chedi located near the stone reclining buddha of Wat Lokayasutha, at the premises of Wat Suanluang Sopsawan at the banks of the Chao Phraya, southwest of the Wang Luang (Royal Palace). It is a chedi were an Ayuthaya Queen lies buried. In the 16th century according to legends, saved his husband King Maha Chakkraphat, the ayuthaya king, from the burmese king, during the ayuthaya-burmese war in 1548.

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    Suriyothai was queen during the early part of the reign of King Maha Chakkraphat (2091 to 2106 Buddhist Era, with another reign from 2111 to 2112 B.E.). In 1548 AD, barely six months into King Maha Chakkraphat's reign, the King of Burma invaded Siam with the intent of sacking the main capital, Ayutthaya.

    As was the custom at the time, King Maha Chakkraphat led his troops in the defense of the city from atop his war elephant. Even though women were not permitted to take part in battle, Queen Suriyothai was so concerned for her husband that she disguised herself as a man and rode into battle on her own elephant.

    During the battle with Burmese troops, King Maha Chakkraphat's elephant collapsed from wounds and he was in danger of being killed. Queen Suriyothai rode her elephant to protect her husband and was killed by a scythe.

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    City Center 2

    by machomikemd Written Nov 9, 2012

    part two of my ayuthaya city tips with more pictures around ayuthaya city

    The architecture of Ayutthaya City Center is a fascinating mix of Khymer (ancient Cambodian style) and early Sukhothai style. Some cactus-shaped obelisks, called prangs, denote Khmer influence and look something like the famous towers of Angkor Wat. The more pointed stupas are ascribed to the Sukhothai influence. For new arrivals who had limited their visit to Bangkok, similarities may be noted with the riverside Wat Arun, an 18th-century structure that was built in the so-called Ayutthaya style, a melding of Sukhothai Buddhist influences and Hindu-inspired Khmer motifs.

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    City Center 1

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 9, 2012

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    This will be a two part tip with more pictures around ayuthaya city

    The architecture of Ayutthaya City Center is a fascinating mix of Khymer (ancient Cambodian style) and early Sukhothai style. Some cactus-shaped obelisks, called prangs, denote Khmer influence and look something like the famous towers of Angkor Wat. The more pointed stupas are ascribed to the Sukhothai influence. For new arrivals who had limited their visit to Bangkok, similarities may be noted with the riverside Wat Arun, an 18th-century structure that was built in the so-called Ayutthaya style, a melding of Sukhothai Buddhist influences and Hindu-inspired Khmer motifs.

    Cambodian Style Chedis sacked by the Burmese in 17th century
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    Wat at Thanon Rochana

    by machomikemd Written Nov 8, 2012

    There are many Wats. Temples, Chedis and Prangs along the Ayuthaya City and one of these wats is located in the busy Thanon (street) Rochana on the way to the Wat Maha That and is a quick photo stop of the tours and it has several large chedis and is part of the palace complex in Ayuthaya and some of the treasures here were not sacked by the burmese and are now housed in the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum nearby.

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    Bang Pa In Summer Palace: the Chinese Room

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 8, 2012

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    This is the called the Wehart Chamrunt (Heavenly Light), a Chinese-style royal palace and throne room that was built during the reign of King Rama IV and the materials were imported from China, picture taking is not allowed inside, just outside. It was built by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in 1889, this opulent Chinese-style palace is also another standout, full of red, gold, dark woods and inlaid mother of pearl.

    Wehart Chamrunt
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    Bang Pa In Summer Palace: Sages Lookout

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 8, 2012

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    this is the view of the Chinese Style pagoda Given by the Chinese Emperor to the King of Thailand in the 17th century, it is called the Ho Withun Thasana (Sages' Lookout), a brightly-painted lookout tower spanning 7 stories high and offers view of the Bang Pa In Complex. You can enter it and have a look see of the surrounding areas along the Bang Pa In Summer Complex and take pictures and videos too

    the pagoda
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    Bang Pa In Summer Palace 1

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 8, 2012

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    This will be a multi part tip and videos around the huge bang pa in summer palace complex

    Bang Pa In summer palace complex was formerly used by the Thai kings as a summer dwelling. The palace is located on the Chao Phraya River bank in Bang Pa-In district, Ayutthaya Province. It is A Unesco World Heritage Site. The Palace became famous around the world because of a previous Royal Occupant, King Mongkut of the King and I fame) in the 1800's. Hence it became well known for foreigners because of Englishwoman Teacher ANNA Leonowens, who stayed in the palace.

    There is a 100 Baht entrance fee for Bang Pa-In Palace and it opens daily between 08:30 and 12:00 and 13:00 and 16:00.

    a revisit with friends lots of stuff inside outside a large pool shrine
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    Bang Pa In Summer Palace 2

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 8, 2012

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    Part two of my Bang Pa In Summer Palace tips. The facilities in the huge palace complex includes 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.

    we did a lot of picture and video taking here on a revisit in 2012 with my wolf pack.

    first timers shrine pose king's quarters
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    Bang Pa In Summer Palace: Warophat Phiman

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 8, 2012

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    This picture is the Warophat Phiman (Excellent and Shining Heavenly Abode), a royal residence done into european Victorian style; located in the middle of the Bang Pa In Summer Palace Complex, Inside it contains Chulalongkorn's throne hall and is decorated in a richly european flair with a few thai touches. it is a good photo stop along the main trail.

    the throne room inside Warophat Phiman view from top around
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    Bang Pa In Summer Palace: Administrative Building

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 8, 2012

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    this is the Administrative Area of the Sprawling Bang Pa In Summer Palace Complex, it is the Reception area of the Palace for foreign guest and dignitaries and made into a british colonial architecture and the structure sits on the front of the huge lake in the summer palace. we took a lot of picture here and went around it in our rented golf cart.

    beyond the large pond
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    Bang Pa In Summer Palace: Guard Post

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 8, 2012

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    views of the Ancient Guard post near the entrance of Bang Pa In Summer Palace. the guard post is a buddhist shrine where devoties put offering to the buddhist and chinese saints here at the bang pa in summer palace.

    the guard post
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    Bang Pa In Summer Palace: royal garden

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 8, 2012

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    This is the view of the Royal Garden with plant carvings. of elephants and other animals inside the huge Bang Pa In Summer Palace Complex and is a favorite photo stop of tourists like us. it is located near the quarters of the king and near the large lake.

    me and my friends have wacky pictures in it hehehe.

    assorted sculptured plants resembling like animals
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