Travel Photo of the Week — Wat Phu Khao Thong, Ayuttaya, Thailand

Posted by - July 19, 2011 | Category: Asia, Escapes, Thailand

One of the stops I made biking around Ayutthaya was at this temple near the monument of King Naresuan which is just off the island of Ayutthaya.Ā  Wat Phu Khao Thong is a stupa, or chedi, built to celebrate the victory of King Naresuan over the Burmese who sacked and pillaged the city in 1768.

Ayutthaya Wat Phu Khao Thong


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    1. The biking was great — there are a few odd overpasses and highways to deal with (very small), and they drive on the left hand side of the road in Thailand, but other than that, all was good.

      I find it very safe here. The only thing you have to worry about are the scams in Bangkok (tuk-tuks, ferry, etc.). I’ll be writing a post on those soon!

  1. Oh, man. Your history is so off I don’t even know where to begin to fix it. The stupa was built over 100 years before the reign of Naresuan. And when Ayutthaya was sacked the second time (in 1767 by th way), Naresuan had been dead for some 160 years.

    1. Thanks Jen — I stand corrected. I scoured several sites in order to get the correct info, and all of them (including Thai websites), indicated that it was built by King Naresuan. It appears it was King Ramesuan who built the temple originally during his first reign. The Burmese built over it. King Narusuan added the final touch. And 1767 is indeed way off.. Mea culpa. mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. šŸ™‚


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