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Ayutthaya News

The legendary ruins of the historical city of Ayutthaya, Thailand Special

Ayutthaya - The ancient city of Ayutthaya was the Thai capital for over 400 years and one of the largest and most magnificent cities in Southeast Asia. Impressive ruins of temples and palaces show the remains of this once glorious city ravaged by war.

Update: Elephants stranded by flooding in Thailand Special

Bangkok - While the rains still fall and flood waters continue to rise, there is hope for 15 elephants and their handlers stranded on a wall at the Royal Elephant Kraal in Ayutthaya.
 

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Elephant parking area. Visitors can view the ruins of the historical city of Ayutthaya by riding Tha...
Elephant parking area. Visitors can view the ruins of the historical city of Ayutthaya by riding Thai-style on peaceful elephants.
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Left of the picture: The Pavillion in the Lake (Phra Thinang Aisawan Thipaya) at Bang Pa-In Palace  ...
Left of the picture: The Pavillion in the Lake (Phra Thinang Aisawan Thipaya) at Bang Pa-In Palace, built in 1876, is one of the most beautiful structures in Thailand. Right of the picture: The Thewarat Khanlai Gate. The building is not really a gate but rather a boat house designed by an Italian architect hired by the Thai king.
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homes of elephant handlers (mahouts) flooded at Elephant Stay Program in Ayutthaya
homes of elephant handlers (mahouts) flooded at Elephant Stay Program in Ayutthaya
Elephant Stay Program
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Wat Mahathat prangs - The temple Mahathat has dozens of these domed pagodas.
Wat Mahathat prangs - The temple Mahathat has dozens of these domed pagodas.
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The Chinese Pavillion (Phra Thinang Wehat Chamrun).  Buildings at the Bang Pa-In Palace have been re...
The Chinese Pavillion (Phra Thinang Wehat Chamrun). Buildings at the Bang Pa-In Palace have been restored and beautifully decorated. They are currently used for official functions by the Thai royalty.
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The long roots of an old fig tree extend over an ancient brick construction to reach the ground  ref...
The long roots of an old fig tree extend over an ancient brick construction to reach the ground, reflecting on the antiquity of the site.
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Elephants stranded on the wall at the Royal Elephant Kraal in Ayutthaya
Elephants stranded on the wall at the Royal Elephant Kraal in Ayutthaya
Elephant Stay
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Some prangs still retain nicely decorated plaster surfaces; others are now just plain brick mounds.
Some prangs still retain nicely decorated plaster surfaces; others are now just plain brick mounds.
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Elephant drivers take a nap under a tree during slack time at the Ayutthaya historical park.
Elephant drivers take a nap under a tree during slack time at the Ayutthaya historical park.
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Old brick platforms used to hold dozens of Buddha images. Most of them were destroyed following the ...
Old brick platforms used to hold dozens of Buddha images. Most of them were destroyed following the Burmese invasion.
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The Pavillion in the Lake - Bang Pa-In Palace  Ayutthaya.
The Pavillion in the Lake - Bang Pa-In Palace, Ayutthaya.
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Mass Communications Organization of Thailand photo
Mass Communications Organization of Thailand photo
Mass Communications Organization of Thailand (MCOT)
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Wat Mahathat prangs - The temple Mahathat has dozens of these domed pagodas.
Wat Mahathat prangs - The temple Mahathat has dozens of these domed pagodas.
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Beautiful topiary figures decorate the gardens and the lake around Bang Pa-In Palace  Ayutthaya.
Beautiful topiary figures decorate the gardens and the lake around Bang Pa-In Palace, Ayutthaya.
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Orchids at Bang Pa-In Palace  near the old city of Ayutthaya  Thailand.
Orchids at Bang Pa-In Palace, near the old city of Ayutthaya, Thailand.
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Ruins of the ancient city of Ayutthaya  second capital of Siam.
Ruins of the ancient city of Ayutthaya, second capital of Siam.
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