Wednesday, 18 September 2013

The Ancient City Of Auytthaya

An hour or so train ride north of Bangkok lies the ancient capital city of Auytthaya. Located on the Chao Phraya river, the old city was a booming capital quickly after its establishment in 1350. A million people lived there by 1700 -- the largest city in the world at that time. Then the Burmese showed up and sacked Auytthaya, burning most of it down.

There's still an active city today, but most of the ruins have been respectfully left. You can grab a tuk tuk or bicycle and wander among the partial temples.

Some temples are still intact and used. The big daddy, Chedi Phu Khao Thong.

How can you tell how busy a temple is? By the abundance of burned candles and hanging money.

Modern temples are also around.

Buddha sees everything. And we mean everything. Still tempting fate? Buddha has quite a posse watching his back. Do not mess with Buddha.

The town is overrun with chickens - small to giant sculptures. In front of stores, houses, in the medians, it's all about the fowl.

A little shrine inside a temple, made from various toy store objects - so cute! Temple hopping gets hot, bring your sun umbrella.

The impressive ruins of Wat Chaiwatthanaram.

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