The sheer splendour of Ayutthaya makes one forget that it is a balmy May afternoon when on a visit to the Unesco World Heritage Site some 80 km from Thailand’s capital Bangkok.
After lunch at a riverside restaurant at modern-day Ayutthaya, the visit to the once flourishing temple city was an enriching experience.
Founded in 1350, Ayutthaya was the second capital of the Siamese kingdom.
It was a global centre of economics and trade, and an important connecting point between the east and the west.
The Ayutthaya royal court exchanged ambassadors across the world, including with the French court at Versailles, the Mughal court in Delhi and the imperial courts of Japan and China.
Right at the entrance of the site, a plaque gives an idea of what it holds.
“Wat Mahathat (The royal temple that houses Buddha’s relics,” it reads.