Wat Chaiwatthanaram, one of the most imposing ancient Buddhist monasteries, was established by the command of King Prasatthong in 1630 A.D. It is believed that the wat is located on the site of his former home. The reason for building this monastery was to make merit for his mother. Prince Damrong Rachanuphap noted that its architecture was similar to that of Angkor Wat and inferred that the wat might have been built to commemorate the king's
victory over Cambodia.
This wat consists of a main prang (Khmer-type tower) and four lesser prangs, all created on the same base ans surrounded by eight lesser prangs and a gallery.
The ancient city of Ayutthaya,or Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya,The Thai capital for 417 years, is one of Thailand's major tourist attractions.Many ancient ruins and art works can be seen in a city that was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong when the Thais were forced southwards by northern neighbours.During the period of Ayutthaya being the Thai capital, 33 Kings of different dynasties ruled the kingdom until it was sacked by the Burmese in 1767.
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