Welcome to the capital of glory! Ayutthaya, full name Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya is one of those cities of Thailand that has a glorious history to boast of. It was founded by King U Thong in 1305. Ayutthaya is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site and often referred to as ‘Siam’ and is synonymous with Buddhist reliquary towers and huge monasteries.
Hence our first stop on this day tour is the gracious Bang Pa In palace’ sitting next to a beautiful Chao Phraya River. It was originally constructed in 1632; ‘King Mongkut’ restored the site in the mid-19th century. The palace is a popular tourist center and is used by the current aristocrats for rare banquets and special occasions. Next up is ‘Wat Yai Chai Mongkon’. Situated to the southeast of Ayutthaya, this gigantic Stupa can be seen from a great distance. The Monastery was built in 1357 A.D. by King U-Thong for monks who had returned from regorious training in Sri Lanka. Later on a large Chedi was built in 1592 to celebrate King Naresuan’s single-handed defeat of the then Burmese crown prince in a duel on elephant backs. An imposingly huge statue of reclining Buddha is the main attraction of this temple. Yet another exhibit of thailands stone carved temples with statutes and relics of monks, ‘Wat Yai Chai Mongkon’ is delightful visit for all travelers.We end our day in a royal style by lastly visiting Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, the royal temple situated on the city island in Ayutthaya’s World Heritage Park in Pratu Chai sub-district. On 5th March 1935 the Fine Arts Department registered it as a national historic site and is situated within the Royal Palace grounds.This one day journey amidst the glory of Buddhism is more like a journey inwards within your soul. Book yourself a trip with ‘Cruise to Ancient Siam’ and experiences a spiritual bliss and artistic exposure. TOUR FOR U brings you more such explorations in ‘Thailand jaunts’ that are a bundle of several one-day joys that will leave you wanting for more to travel.
- Bang Pa In
- Wat Yai Chai Mongkon
- Wat Phra Sri Sanphet
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