Recognized as a historic city by UNESCO, Ayutthaya was once a kingdom that was founded in the 14th century. Ayutthaya was the second capital of the Kingdom of Siam or what we now call Thailand.
Ayutthaya’s strategic location had become the largest trading city in Asia and the world. We can still enjoy the remnants of Ayutthaya’s heyday with the many ruins of temples and shrines that have now been restored. Travel recommendations for those of you who like past romance, here are some historical tourist destinations in Ayutthaya.
- Ayutthaya Historical Park
Ayutthaya Historical Park is one of Thailand’s historical sites that has been recognized by UNESCO. Covering an area of 715 hectares, this historic park has about 400 shrines and historic temples inside.
The historical object that most attracts the attention of tourists is Wat Phanan Choeng. The Buddha statue managed to hypnotize tourists thanks to its splendor and beauty and its height which reaches 19 meters.
- Chao Sam Phraya National Museum
Built-in 1961 by King Rama IX, the Chao Sam Phraya national museum is the second largest museum in Thailand. The historical objects on display in this museum are mostly artifacts found at Wat Mahathat and Wat Patchaburana which is one of the ruins of temples and temples in Ayutthaya Historical Park.
The artifacts in the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum were found from 1957 to 1958. Apart from artifacts, there are also textiles, cabinets, ceramics, swords, and paintings that show the life of the Siamese in the past.
- Bang Pa In Place
Bang Pa-In Place is a palace where the kings and queens of Thailand lived to spend summers in the past. Bang Pa-In Palace was built by King Prasat Thong in 1632 and restored in the period of King Chulalongkorn.
The palace is divided into two areas, namely the inner area as a place for the royal family to rest and the outer area which is open to local tourists and tourists. Visiting this tourist spot in Ayutthaya, will make us know and be fascinated by the way of life of the royal families in the past.
- Wat Phu Khao Thong
Dating back to 1569, Wat Phu Khao Thong is a temple ruin adjacent to but outside the Ayutthaya Historical Park area. This Mon-style temple is quite far from the crowds because it is in the middle of green rice fields.
For those of you who like history but don’t like crowds, Wat Phu Khao Thong is a mandatory destination that you visit when in Ayutthaya, Thailand. This 50-meter-high building has typical architecture from Thailand and Burma.
- Foreign Quarters
Once victorious as the largest trading city in Asia and the world, Ayutthaya city not only has historical sites in the form of temples and Thai palaces. The city also has ancient French, Portuguese, English, and Dutch areas that we can enjoy on foot or by bicycle.
In the area of this ancient city, there is a Catholic church called the Church of St. Joseph which was built in 1666 and stands strong until now. Not only the European area but opposite the Foreign Quarters there is also an ancient Japanese city area, you know.
Not necessarily Bangkok, Thailand has several tourist cities that you can visit, especially cities that are full of history. One of the cities in Thailand that you must visit at least once in your life is Ayutthaya. Of the historical tourist attractions in Ayutthaya above, which one do you think stole your attention the most?