AYUTTHAYA

by Tomie Poodle March. 12, 2010 4426 views

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.]

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Davorka ČEoviä‡ 7 years ago

Fantastic set!!I love # 14.

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Pandka 7 years, 6 months ago

So fantastic! Last one is really cute!

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Hanna Westesson 7 years, 6 months ago

Beautiful and interesting set!

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Milton Jacob 7 years, 6 months ago

natural, prayerful and humane! well done

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Huiching 7 years, 6 months ago

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

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Nancy 7 years, 6 months ago

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

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Contesina 7 years, 6 months ago

exceptional photos and interesting info!

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Birthe 7 years, 6 months ago

Great set from Thailand and informative text, thanks for sharing :)

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Jack Castelo Branco 7 years, 6 months ago

Fantastic set!!

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Christa 7 years, 6 months ago

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! :)

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Péter Somogyvári 7 years, 6 months ago

Great set and wonderful captures ! Have a good meditations !

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Soubhagya Sagar Behera 7 years, 6 months ago

wonderful shots!

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Livelovelaugh 7 years, 6 months ago

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

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Brian 7 years, 6 months ago

Very interesting set! I love the closeup in #8.

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Jennye 7 years, 6 months ago

Fantastic set!!
I love #1, 13 and 14.

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Storytaylor 7 years, 6 months ago

#12, 13 and 14 are really wonderful. thanks and have a great weekend.

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Jacki 7 years, 6 months ago

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

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Jumiella 7 years, 6 months ago

I like old ruins # 3,4,5 and portraits of people. Beautiful photos!

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 7 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for the great pictures and interesting info.

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Gonia 7 years, 6 months ago

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...

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