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Thailand, Part III, Ayutthaya

The city of Ayutthaya in northern Thailand was the capitol of the country for over 400 years, approximately from 1350-1750 AD. The Burmese destroyed the city the 18th century, but there are still some good ruins.

Old Map of Thailand (Siam)

During its time as a capitol city, Ayutthaya was one of the largest port cities in all of South East Asia. The Siamese traded with all the Chinese, Japanese, and all the European seapowers.

Temple

Unfortunately, most of the Buddas were beheaded by vandals.

Budda head in stone. My students in China were very impressed with this picture.

A final parting shot from Thailand. This me at a museum in Bangkok dressed as a Thai citizen from the 1950's. Note the vacation mustache.

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