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Ayutthaya was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong. It was the capital of Thailand (then called Siam) for 417 years from 1350 until it was sacked by the Burmese army in 1767. During this era, now usually referred as the Ayutthaya period or Ayutthaya kingdom, Ayutthaya was ruled by 33 kings of 5 different dynasties. The Kingdom became a major regional player, and a trade center of the East, a meeting point of European merchants and Asian traders. Notable monarchs during the Ayutthaya period include King Naresuan the Great, who liberated Ayutthaya from the first Burmese occupation and embarked on a reign of conquest, and King Narai the Great, who initiated diplomatic relations with the France, during the reign of Louis XIV. His reign was the golden age of trade and culture.

The city was positioned in a strategic position. During several months of the year, the flood plains around the cities would be flooded by the many rivers around the city. Enemy sieges were thus impossible, and forced to withdraw. This advantage was a contributing factor in the many failed Burmese invasions.

The ruins of the old capital in the Ayutthaya historical park have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since December 1991. The province is also home to the Bang Pa-in summer palace complex.

Originally named Krung Kao (กรุ??ก?า), the province was renamed to Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya in 1919.]

money stapled…

gold leaf…

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    • # Huiching

      I love this city too. So glad you visited there, Tomie. Can you imagine what this place look in the night light? So amazing...

      2010.03.15 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Nancy

      Fascinating post and history!! The children are beauitfully captures:-))

      2010.03.15 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Christa

      Merci d'être notre guide dans ce voyage si spéciale et pour les informations sur l'histoire de ce très bel endroit. Je ne peux pas dire laquelle est la plus beau, parece qu'elles sont toutes, mais la plus mignonne est la photo 14! :)

      2010.03.13 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Livelovelaugh

      A wonderful set. I love these beautiful, honest shots of culture and tradition. Fantastic work, especially 8, 12 and 14. :)

      2010.03.13 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jacki

      13 is a great people shot... LOVE the first shot... and wonder what the black stuff is in #3??

      2010.03.12 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Gonia

      thanks Maxi for information,the most I like your pictures with people - this small boy, this old lady,this girl with smthing, gold is cold,some people were / are / rich, some people were / are / very poor...

      2010.03.12 Edited Reply Cancel