Wat Phra Si Sanphet.

According to Wikipedia:

The Ayutthaya Historical Park (Thai: อุทยานประวัติศาสตร์พระนครศรีอยุธยา (Pronunciation)) covers the ruins of the old city of Ayutthaya, Thailand. The city of Ayutthaya was founded by King Ramathibodi I in 1350 and was the capital of the country until its destruction by the Burmese army in 1767.

In 1969 the Fine Arts Department began with renovations of the ruins, which became more serious after it was declared a historical park in 1976. A part of the park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. Thirty-five kings ruled the Ayutthaya kingdom during its existence. King Narai (1656 CE to 1688 CE) not only held court in Ayutthaya but also from his palace in the nearby city of Lopburi, from where he ruled 8–9 months in the year.

The park is about 50 miles north of Bangkok. I visited there in 1999 on a bus tour from Bangkok, which included other attractions e.g. Bang Pa In, the Floating Market etc. It was an all day trip, but there really wasn’t enough time to really take a look around. I could have spent the entire day in Ayutthya – it was so interesting.

I did get to ride on an elephant though.

Scanned from old negatives. I don’t remember which camera I was using at the time. It could have been a Canon AE-1 (most likely candidate), a Minolta Hi-Matic 7SII, or even a single use disposable camera I picked up because I neglected to bring a camera with me.

Headless Buddha


Ruins of an old city

Moss covered ruin

Ruined temple with pillar.

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