Doorway to Wat Ratburana (Ratchaburana) - Ayutthaya, Thailand

Doorway to Wat Ratburana (Ratchaburana) - Ayutthaya, Thailand

Doorway to Wat Ratburana (Ratchaburana) - Ayutthaya, Thailand

“Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!”
-King of Siam from the movie “The King and I”

Wat Ratburana or Ratchaburana was founded in 1424 to house the cremated remains of King Intharacharthirat (pronounce that fifty times). All was tranquil in the Kingdom of Siam until 1957 when grave robbers broke in and looted priceless gold relics buried alongside him. Most of the relics were later recovered and you can see them today in the Chao Sam Phraya Museum.

Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!

What is this? The History Channel?

At the main entrance of the wat (temple) you will see the main prang (the largest one in Ayutthaya), or tower, framed perfectly by the doorway of the grand hall. Simply stand there and click the shutter button. Life as a travel photographer can be so easy!

At the base of the tower I climbed a small set of steps where I had excellent views of the ancient city of Ayutthaya. Nearby was a staircase where I descended into a crypt full of ancient murals. It was definitely an Indiana Jones experience minus the satchel (sorry I carry around a Think Tank Photo Shape Shifter backpack).

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Set at the conjunction of the Lopburi, Prasak and Chao Phraya rivers, the storied city of Ayutthaya was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong and served as the capital of what was the predecessor to the Siamese empire and modern Thailand.

Over the next 417 years it was ruled by 33 kings and repelled 23 Burmese invasions, before the Burmese finally succeeded in razing it to the ground in 1767. At its height, Ayutthaya was surrounded by a 12-kilometre-long wall which was five metres thick and six metres high and boasted 99 gates, brick and clay roads and canals to transport water into the city.

By all reports Ayutthaya was stunning and rivalled most European capitals of the time. The city was a major centre not only of Thai civilisation but also Asian, Middle Eastern and even European arts, culture and trade. A number of foreign communities thrived in the city, chief among them the Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian, Persian, Portuguese, Dutch and French. As other ... Read our complete Ayutthaya travel guide

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