Ayuthaya, 86km north of Bankgok, was the royal capital from 1350 to 1767, at the apex of the kingdom of Siam, and one of the most magnificents cities in the world at that time. It was taken by the Burmese and totally sacked, after what the capital moved to Bangkok. The remanents of this glorious past, characterized by the prang (reliquary towers) and gigantic monasteries, form the rich Ayutthaya historical park. The historic town of Ayutthaya and associated historic towns are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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