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9 Apr 2013

Historic City of Ayutthaya 大城府 Part 1, Bangkok



Bangkok [曼谷] • 09 APRIL 2013
Sukhothai in the 15th century. A magnificent city in the 17th and 18th century with a cosmopolitan character, it became one the most important trading hubs of Asia. Ayutthaya was for 417 years the capital of the Siamese. The city fell on Tuesday 7 April 1767 at nightfall to the Burmese, never to arise of its ashes.
This walking tour (6.9 Km) has been designed to introduce you to some of the most important historical sites on Ayutthaya’s city island and especially in the Historical Park. The tour will take half a day depending on the time spent at each location point. You can cut short of this tour (if you want restrict your walking) by asking a Tuk-Tuk driver to drop you on the crossing of Chikun and Naresuan Road near Wat Maha That and Wat Racha Burana.


The Historical Park of Ayutthaya was established in 1967 and from that period onwards renovation of the ruins started in order to conserve the Historic City of Ayutthaya. On 13 December 1991 the Historic City of Ayutthaya was awarded the status of World Heritage Site by UNESCO at Carthage, Tunisia. In the park you will find around forty restored ruins.


This walking tour has been designed to introduce you to some of the most important historical sites on Ayutthaya’s city island and especially in the Historical Park. The tour will take half a day depending on the time spent at each location point. You can cut short of this tour (if you want restrict your walking) by asking a Tuk-Tuk driver to drop you on the crossing of Chikun and Naresuan Road near Wat Maha That and Wat Racha Burana.


According to the Luang Prasoet chronicle, Ayutthaya was established by King Ramathibodi I on Friday 04 March 1351 in the vicinity of an ancient settlement dating since the Dvaravati era (6th to the 11th centuries). The city state expanded its boundaries over the centuries, absorbing the Tai Kingdom of Sukhothai in the 15th century. A magnificent city in the 17th and 18th century with a cosmopolitan character, it became one the most important trading hubs of Asia. Ayutthaya was for 417 years the capital of the Siamese. The city fell on Tuesday 7 April 1767 at nightfall to the Burmese, never to arise of its ashes. 


The Historical Park of Ayutthaya was established in 1967 and from that period onwards renovation of the ruins started in order to conserve the Historic City of Ayutthaya. On 13 December 1991 the Historic City of Ayutthaya was awarded the status of World Heritage Site by UNESCO at Carthage, Tunisia. In the park you will find around forty restored ruins. If you are interested in viewing photographs of the temples in advance or would like additional historic information about these ruins, visit our website at www.ayutthaya-history.com. 

Tips and Warnings

Be cautious as traffic in Ayutthaya is sometimes chaotic and dangerous. Motor vehicles often fail to see cyclists and pedestrians, so you must closely watch out for them. Motorcycles are a particularly nasty cause of local accidents. Weather can be very hot, so make sure to drink plenty of fluids and wear sun block. Backpacks and cameras have been stolen on rare occasions. So keep an eye on your valuable things when visiting the temples on route.

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