Sunday, May 2, 2010

Life in TH - Glory of the Past, Ayutthaya (Part IV)

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Wat Chaiwatthanaram

An enchancing architecture is similar to that of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. A main prang and four lesser prangs are still remained, all were created on the same base and surrounded by eight small prangs.

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The Burmese besieged this temple in 1767 for an army camp while attempting to invade the main island. As a result, this temple was damaged during battle. Evidence of cannon balls and cannon fragments were found here during excavation. Wat Chaiwatthanaram was promptly abandoned after the fall of Ayutthaya. It was looted for decades. The heads of Buddha images were sold to foreign markets and the buildings were taken apart to sell as bricks. The Fine Arts Department heavily renovated it between 1987 and 1992.

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Met Mr Marcello from Italy, yet another sunglasses reflection image. :P

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Well this was it, the sunset of the day in Ayutthaya during my visit... It was worth it to wait for the light up at this place.

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Some people said this temple is most beautiful when seen around sunset from the Chao Phraya River.

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After this, I continued following my tuk tuk driver to show me around others light up location... in which most of them I could only shoot from outside...

Had lots of walking and shooting in a day and I still had more adventure coming up the next day...

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