Aug 20

Ayutthaya historical garden - Thailand

Ayutthaya historical garden

The city of Ayutthaya was founded in 1350 by King U Thong and it was named after the city of Ayodhya in India where Lord Ram of the Hindu epic “Ramayan” was born. It is a World Heritage Site.

Before going there I had seen few images from this ruined city with Lord Buddha statue without head. After visiting this place, it was not just about Buddha’s statue, there were many site which were destroyed in the war with Burma (now Myanmar) in 1767. The story of destruction of this city reminded me of the biggest statue of Buddha in Afghanistan which was bombed, rocked and destroyed by the Taliban.

Beheaded Buddha Statue

Beheaded Buddha Statue

I think whoever visits this place will have some heart feeling about it. As a Nepali, I got some sentiment with this place because Buddha was born in Nepal and it is a country with maximum population following Hinduism. I felt that this city was just like Nepal where we see both Hindu and Buddhist followers worship both God and goddesses. Looking at the ruins, I felt that some of the architecture looks like Hindu temple design and beside it they had the statue of Buddha and chaitya (stupa). Still in Thailand we see this, though the country is a Buddhist country, they still worship the Hindu gods like Brahma, Ganesh and Shiva.

After looking at these ruin city picture, I imagine how beautiful this city would have been looked if it would not have been destroyed.

Amazing statue of god, thought mixer of Hindu deities guarded by the Chinese

Amazing statue of god, thought mixer of Hindu deities guarded by Chinese

majestic statue of Buddha near AyutthayaOne of the temple near Ayutthaya, look at this majestic statue of Buddha

Lord GaneshLord Ganesh had a special place

These temple looks like Hindu temple with south Indian Architecture

How beautiful it would have looked if it was not destroyed 

some even don’t have trunk and head part

remains of the ruin city

Not one not two but all of them were destroyed

Bang Pa-In Palace with Western and Thai architecture


3 Responses to “Ayutthaya – The historical city of Thailand”

  1. niraj shrestha Says:

    hi it was great experience going through the ruins .it seems thailand has gone through tumultous changes in its past but also seems the name was inspired from hindu epic ramayana but the statues were of the buddha so must have been the mixing of religions,civilisations.

  2. Suresh Says:

    the Head of Buddha Statue trapped in the tree trunk is most eye catching one. I was there long time back in 1992 and it seems the statue head had been lifted further up by the tree trunk.

  3. Antique Buddhas Says:

    That’s a beautiful post and images you posted.
    Ayutthaya was also considered as the largest Buddhist complex in the world.
    The most beautiful images I loved about your post is the buddha heads in the roots of the trees.

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