I recently posted via social media a lot of photos of Ayutthaya, Thailand.  Its an amazing city full of history and character.  I had several people ask questions about the city.  So, this is a brief rundown of everything I learned about this beautiful place and some more photos if i can figure that out.

 

Ayutthaya Kingdom as it was originally called was a Siamese kingdom that existed from 1351 until 1767.  The city was a large profitable hub for trading and many foreign traders were welcomed into the kingdom and lived outside the city limits.   In the beginning it was one of the biggest and wealthiest cities in the East.  At the time it grew to be one of the largest cosmopolitan urban areas and a center of global diplomacy and commerce.  Ayutthaya is situated on an island, surrounded by three different rivers connecting to the ocean.  This was strategically planned to keep war ships of other nationals from attacking and also to keep from flooding.

Ayutthaya was attacked by the Burmese in 1767 and was burned to the ground forcing all its inhabitants to flee.  The city was never rebuilt and is known today as an archeological ruin.  The ruins today show an advanced art and prowess for that time period.  The city layout was built in a grid style that helped bring water from the three rivers into the city limits.  The details of the temples and monasteries show influences from many surrounding areas.

History covered.  Now let me tell you how I experienced this beautiful city.  I rented a bike for both days that I was here.  My hostel was located on the water which made it easy to access the city.  Being an island I decided the first day that I would bike around the perimeter. This offered spectacular views of the city and its ruins.  Stopping along the way when i came upon ruins I couldn’t resist.  The city is littered with ruins, they are everywhere!  I found myself dying to know what it was like living in such an extravagant city so many years ago.  The architecture is unmatched and details of art still intact.  The second day I got lost inside the city streets, turning down the side streets and finding hidden treasures.  I truly was in awe exploring here.