|UNESCO #576 - Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya - THAILAND|
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Ayutthaya - THAILAND - UNESCO #576
The only card of the day is a beautiful multi-view from the Historic City of Ayutthaya in Thailand. According to the sender it's only a 90min trip from Bangkok (where he lives), and when you walk along the ruins of that place you feel like you've entered a whole new world. Thank you so much Edvard, I really like this card (specially the stone head of Buddha on the tree) and I will certainly visit this place if I ever go to Bangkok. This is my 420th UNESCO WHS, 587 more and I'll have them all. This postcard took 6 days to arrive!
The Historic City of Ayutthaya, founded in 1350, was the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom after Sukhothai. It flourished from the 14th to the 18th centuries, during which time it grew to be one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan urban areas and a center of global diplomacy and commerce. It was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century. Its remains, characterized by the prang (reliquary towers) and gigantic monasteries, give an idea of its past splendour.