Ayutthaya, located about 80 km north of Bangkok used to be a bustling Siamese capital. After it was attacked and destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century, it was never rebuilt. Nowadays, the sleepy market town stands as an archeological site with many ruined temples and palaces that give visitors an idea of its past splendor.
Walking around the courtyards, we encountered many headless figures of Buddha adorned in orange silk, sitting serenely under the shade. The heads were lopped off by looters after the city was destroyed and left defenseless and sold to private collectors. At Wat Phra Si Sanphet remain the three grand chedis that are believed to contain the relics and ashes of Ayutthaya’s greatest rulers. This photo was taken at the top of the steps of one of the temples.
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