Ayutthaya was the Thai capital for 417 years, before being replaced by Bangkok. Thanks to its tenure as Thai capital, Ayutthaya hosts many magnificent ruins and artworks. Ayutthaya was ruled by kings of several dynasties, bringing in so many architectural styles for Ayutthaya. Enjoy all this while on travel tour of Ayutthaya.
Significant historic places in Ayutthaya are Old Palace, Chantarakasem
Palace, Bang Pa-in Summer Palace, Phom Phet and St Joseph's Church. Old
Palace was built by King U-Thong in 1350. Later rulers built several
palaces there. Chantarakasem Palace was used by King Rama IV of Bangkok
as a summer retreat. Bang Pa-in Summer Palace, a palace built as summer
retreat, was restored by King Rama IV. St Joseph's Church is the where
Catholic Christians worshipped continuously over 300 years in Thailand.
Ayutthaya is also known for its temples. Some more famous temples you
can visit on your travel tour are Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Phra Ram, Wat
Phanan Choeng, Wat Phu Khao Thong, Wat Chai Wattanaram, Viharn Phra
Mongkol Bopit and Wat Phra Mahathat. Wat Phra Si Sanphet has been made
famous by its three bell-shaped chedis, which have become a symbol of
Ayutthaya. Wat Phra Ram known for its chedis and the towering prang. Wat
Phanan Choeng is one of the most lively temples in Ayuthhaya. Wat Phu
Khao Thong, having stark white chedi, is located amidst sweeping rice
fields. Wat Chai Wattanaram is a monument of Old Ayutthaya. Viharn Phra
Mongkol Bopit has a large Buddha idol, dating from the 15th century. Wat
Phra Mahathat was built by King Boromaraja in the 14th century.
Museum and Crafts Centre
Bang Sai Royal Arts & Crafts Centre in Ayutthaya has been set up
for promoting the traditional crafts. Established with the encouragement
of Thai Queen, the foremost attraction in the crafts centre is the
museum shop, built in Thai style pavilion. There is an aquarium and two
aviaries too. Chao Sam Phraya Museum exhibits Ayutthayan Buddhist art as
well as the famed gold objects found in Wat Raja Burana.
Two festivals are particularly associated with Ayutthaya. These are
Bang Sai Arts & Crafts Fair, celebrated in January, and Ayutthaya
World Heritage Site Celebrations in December.