Finding, not seeking at Wat Worachetha Ram - Ayutthaya, Thailand

Finding, not seeking at Wat Worachetha Ram - Ayutthaya, Thailand

Finding, not seeking at Wat Worachetha Ram - Ayutthaya, Thailand


"When someone seeks," said Siddhartha, "then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal."

- Hermann Hesse - from the novel “Siddhartha”

Ayutthaya was the ancient capital of the Siam dynasty and was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong. It was later destroyed in 1767 by the Burmese army. Located north of Bangkok, it makes for a great day trip from the modern capitol, but I would recommend an overnight stay to fully appreciate the ancient ruins.

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