Unfortunately, I wasn't able to go inside this temple. I was just too tired from walking around on that hot, hot day. I did take this photo of the buddha outside the temple and luckily caught two birds in flight just as I snapped it.
Wat Phra Si Sanphet is considered the most important temple within the former Royal Palace. Three outstanding Ceylonese style pagodas were built during the 15th century to enshrine the ashes of three Ayutthaya kings. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok is a copy of Wat Phra Si Sanphet.
Ayutthaya, from 1350 to 1767 the capital of Thailand, is an island-city situated at the confluence of three rivers, the Chao Phraya, the Pasak, and the Lopburi. 500 years ago the city grew into one of Asia's most renowned metropolises, inviting comparison with great European cities such as Paris or Venice. The Ayutthaya period was Thailand's great era of international trade. Ayutthaya's role as a port made it one of Indo-China's most prosperous cities and, today, Ayutthaya is one of Thailand's major historical attractions.
The rice fields in the immediate environs of Ayutthaya flooded each year during the rainy season, rendering the city virtually impregnable for several months. These fields were feeding a relatively large population in the Ayutthaya region. Rice grown in these plants yielded a surplus large enough to be exported regularly to various countries in Asia.
Take a one day trip to Ayuttahay, which is only approx 70 km from Bangkok. There is actually a boat that leaves every morning from the Hotel Oriental to take you there. The ride alone is worth it. And then, there are so many things to see in Ayuttahah alone.
Take a daytrip to Ayutthaya, the old capital north of Bangkok.
Ayutthaya remained the Thai capital for 417 years and was reigned by 33 kings of five Siamese dynasties until it was conquered by the Burmese.
The defeated capital was left in the jungle for over a hundred years when it was rediscovered. Magnificient ruins of principal temples and palaces of the old capital still remain to give a clue to the city's former glory.
We booked the tour at one of the small travel agencies in Khao San Road.We had a wonderful guide, who also teached at the local university, ahd that really made the tour worth it!
Ayutthaya, once the capital of Thailand, has so much sites to offer to tourists. This is the place where you can find the different ruins and different kinds of Buddha as well
There are many wats ( temples ) in ayutthaya. before go to ayutthaya you should know about wat information and photos.
Make sure you take the tour that includes the elephant rides -- some do not.
Pronounce it eye-YOU-tea-ah.
Take a day trip out the old capital of Thailand at Aytthaya. Much of it is in ruins from a Burmese invasion, but what's left is a great visit. See the travelogue for more pictures.
This Lord Buddha's head is covered by the roots of the tree. How it got there, they can't explain but it's pretty interesting.
This buddha is in Ayathuya, and was being refurbished while we were there. Notice in the lower left corner, a group of people at a table, to give an idea of the scale of this guy.
The summer palace is part of the Ayutthaya trip. This is the entrance. They take your photo with this girl when you walk in, and then when you leave you can buy the photo if you wish.