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12/02/2009

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (พระนครศรีอยุธยา), Thailand


This is a photo of the ruins of the old city of Ayutthaya, in Thailand. The city was founded in 1350 by King U Thong, who came here to escape a smallpox outbreak in Lop Buri, and proclaimed it the capital of his kingdom, often referred to as the Ayutthaya kingdom or Siam. Ayutthaya was named after the city of Ayodhya in India, the birthplace of Rama in the Ramayana. In 1767 the city was destroyed by the Burmese army, and the ruins of the old city now form the Ayutthaya historical park, which is recognized internationally as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3 comments:

roentarre said...

I tried to visit this spot for similar shot 3 years ago. Obviously it was not meant to be for me.

This is a great photo with use of leading line and pattern

The Prodigal Tourist said...

Beautiful photo--do they change the statues clothing for different occasions (like they do for Manneken Pis in Brussels)?

Mike said...

Love the perspective of this shot, I'm sure it was made for photographers! I visited here a couple of years ago and have a similar photograph.

I wonder did you take a shot of the head in the tree at the same location?