Sunday, April 27, 2008

Land of Many Wats

Took a day trip yesterday to Ayuthaya, the old capital of Thailand, where the Burmese invaded and destroyed the city in 1767, leaving behind beautiful ruins and temples, or wats. It's said that Thais can visit as many as 9 in a day. We hit 5 wats, which were all gorgeous in different ways. It started pouring (apparently, rainy season is here) when we got to Wat Ratburana so we took shelter under one of the passageways. Climb down some steep steps and you'll find a crypt with ancient paintings. Then we hit Wat Phra Si Sampet, a large temple that was used as the royal residence and Wat Phra Mongkon Bophit, which houses the largest bronze seated Buddha in Thailand. Wat Chai Wattanaram has been restored, and all of the photographers gathered at sunset to shoot it.

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