Ayutthaya, Thailand

“Not all those who WANDER are LOST” – J.R.R. Tolkien

Ayutthaya, an ancient seat of government for Thai royals, an old city of temple ruins and history. Merely few hours drive from the modern capital city of Bangkok, Ayutthaya is a stark contrast to the mega-metropolis. The moment you reach the area, you wonder if perhaps you have been transported through time. Ancient temples aplenty, it is definitely worth the day trip…

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon… has some of the most beautiful white statues of Buddha. One of the larger ancient temples in Ayutthaya and a personal favourite to explore. The large temple ground is dominated by a grand center stupa, which are wrapped in yellow cloth, similar to that of a monk’s robe,

Wat Phanan Choeng… has one the larger Buddha statue in a sitting position, while Wat Pho near the Grand Palace in Bangkok has the larger reclining Buddha statue. It is an active temple where blessing ceremony happens on the daily. While I was there, I had the opportunity to experience this blessing ceremony. It is an amazing personal experience that I could not put down in words. Regardless of what your religious belief, the blessing ceremony is such an intense spiritual moment that can only be experienced with an open heart and mind,
Wat Na Phra Men… surrounded by few other temples which contain some of the oldest Buddha relics and statues, Wat Na Phra Men is a classic Thai temple architecture that can not be missed. The intricate ornaments and carvings of the temple rooftop is something to be admire,Β 

And while you’re exploring the beautiful ancient city, make sure you asked the local the best place to sample their most famous grilled river king prawn, which is actually the size of a lobster…

-love K.

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