Eighty kilometres north of Bangkok is Thailand’s former capital city of Ayutthaya, a famous historical site that is both exotic and atmospheric.
For more than 400 years, Ayutthaya Kingdom, 'Siam', a glorious capital city, was the residence of no less than 33 kings and five dynasties.
The royal temple of Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, that is dominated by three chedi, is one of the most famous ruins in Ayutthaya. Within the chedis, that are of typical Ceylonese bell-shaped design, are the ashes of three prominent Thai kings.
The ruins of Ayutthaya still provide an insight into its original size and ancient splendor. Indeed, it is a historic metropolis whose dimensions once even surpassed today’s modern cities of both Paris and London.
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