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AYUTTHAYA Overview
 

Ayutthaya is one of Thailand’s historical and majestic highlights. The capital of Thailand, then known as the Kingdom of Ayutthaya, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya was a glorified as one of the biggest cities in Southeast Asia and a regional power for 417 years.

Once considered the most spectacular city on Earth, the ruins of the capital of the Kingdom Ayutthaya are now a major tourist attraction easily accessible from Bangkok by car, train, or boat as either a daytrip or overnight excursion.

Ayutthaya is 76 kilometres north of Bangkok and covers 2556.6 square kilometers. During the height of its power, it ranked as one of the largest, most magnificent cities in the Orient, as witnessed by the extensive ruins of numerous temples and palaces that are today preserved in what is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 13 December, 1991.

At its pinnacle during the 17the century, the glittering medieval kingdom was one of the largest municipalities in the world, eclipsing cities like London. Supplanting and incorporating the aging Sukhothai into its stretching umbrella of power, the Ayutthaya Empire reached as far west as Pegu in Myanmar, and eastward to Angkor in Cambodia. The commercial and diplomatic might of the wealthy kingdom lured foreign merchants from across Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Welcomed by the local populace, many of these international traders settled into small communities within Ayutthaya, contributing to the kingdom’s cosmopolitan aura.