Journeys from Home: Ayutthaya

Visiting the Historic Capital of Thailand

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Wat Phra Si Sanphet chedis by CyArkCyArk

Ayutthaya, Thailand

Founded in 1350 CE, Ayutthaya was the capital of the Kingdom of Thailand until the 18th century. The site is home to Buddhist temples that feature a wide variety of religious art and artifacts from the 14th to 18th centuries.  Wat Phra Si Sanphet was the most important temple in Ayutthaya. Being a temple of the royal family, there were no quarters for monks, and the site was used exclusively for royal ceremonies.

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3D model of Wat Phra Si Sanphet by CyArkCyArk

Wat Phra Si Sanphet

The chedis would have been covered in gold, are believed to hold the ashes of three Kings: King Trailok, King Borom Ratchathirat III and King RamaThibodi II.

The site features three chedis, dome-shaped structure erected as buddhist shrines. 

The site was damaged by the Burmese army in 1765. 

More recently, the site was impacted by flooding in 2011, which has caused some of the buildings at Wat Phra Si Sanphet to settle and tilt. 

Learn More with Local Tour Guide Vipudhporn Bovornphibul

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