The city was attacked and razed by the Burmese army in 1767 who burned the city to the ground and forced the inhabitants to abandon the city. The city was never rebuilt in the same location and remains known today as an extensive archaeological site.
At present, it is located in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province. The total area of the World Heritage property is 289 ha. Once an important center of global diplomacy and commerce, Ayutthaya is now an archaeological ruin, characterized by the remains of tall prang (reliquary towers) and Buddhist monasteries of monumental proportions, which give an idea of the city’s past size and the splendor of its architecture.
Well-known from contemporary sources and maps, Ayutthaya was laid out according to a systematic and rigid city planning grid, consisting of roads, canals, and moats around all the principal structures. The scheme took maximum advantage of the city’s position in the midst of three rivers and had a hydraulic system for water management which was technologically extremely advanced and unique in the world.
Criterion : The Historic City of Ayutthaya bears excellent witness to the period of development of a true national Thai art.
(source UNESCO )
Area of the world heritage property (source UNESCO )
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Map of Ayutthaya Historical Park
|Map of Ayutthaya Historical Park|
Ancient places and around area in Ayutthaya Historical Park that should not be missed.
2. Wat Yai Chaimongkhon
3. Wat Phanan Choeng
4. Phra Suwandararam
5. Phra Mongkhon Bophit
6. Wat Phra Si Sanphet
7. Wat Phra Ram
8. Wat Mahathat
9. Wat Ratchaburana
10. Wat Mae Nang Pleum
11. Wat Thammikarat
12. Wat Na Phra Mane
13. Wat Lokaya Sutha
14. Wat Kasatrathirat Worawihan
15. Wat Thammaram
16. Wat Chaiwatthanaram
17. Wat Phutthaisawan
I visited Ayutthaya historical park several times. I have written map for planning a trip to Ayutthaya Historical Park is easily accessible by car. (see map below).
|Maps for planning a trip to Ayutthaya Historical Park|
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