Photographer's Note

Another dive in my memories... This was shot in Ayutthaya, the capital of Siam (old name of Thailand) from 1350 to 1767. Some early European visitors to the city in the 16th and 17th century described it as one of the greatest and wealthiest capitals of the whole world, its population accounting for several hundred thousands. Some sources mention 1 million in 1700(!). All the splendour ended suddenly when the Burmese armies ravaged the city in 1767. The remaining Thai forces fled to the area of Bangkok,which would become the new capital. The town of nowadays was built out of the ruins of the old town.

The city had a large Portuguese community, of which first members arrived in the early 16h century.

The place is impressive for its ruins, but I remember that one of the things that impressed me much was the fact that nearly every Buddha statue (and there are so many of them) had a clothe over its shoulders and many had flowers and other kind of offers.

WS's: #1- a small statue that looks like a Buddha with a cow head; #2- another Buddha with signs of recent worship.

Location (latitude, longitude): 14.36,100.56 (I am not sure about the accuracy, but my guess is that the error isn't much higher than a pair of Kms)

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Have a nice weekend, see you next week, as I am off for another extended weekend (yippee!).

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