Ayutthaya

The Siamese Kingdom that formed the precursor to modern Thailand was centered around Ayutthaya.  In the Second Burmese Wars, soldiers from the invading Konbaung dynasty sacked and burned Ayutthaya, leaving the ruins that are today a popular attraction for sightseers visiting nearby Bangkok.  The ruined temples offer an incredible insight into the religious and administrative lives of Siam.  Like many archaelogical sites, 

This miraculous rainbow appeared as a perfect halo above the seated Buddha statue at Wat Yai Chai Mongkol.  This was an incredibly fortuitous moment in my life, and was the highlight of my trip to Ayutthaya.

 Wat Phra Si Sanphet was the holiest temple, located at the heart of the ancient Royal Palace.  Of the formerly massive complex, only the three Chedis remain, hinting at the once-great Empire.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet was the holiest temple, located at the heart of the ancient Royal Palace.  Of the formerly massive complex, only the three Chedis remain, hinting at the once-great Empire.