Ayutthaya, Thailand: Exploring An Ancient Siamese City

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Ayutthaya, Thailand: Exploring An Ancient Siamese City
« on: November 24, 2010, 02:00:43 »
Ayutthaya, Thailand: Exploring An Ancient Siamese City
   


Founded around 1350 A.D., the city was the country of Siam's second capital, replacing the nearby abandoned Sukhothai. Because of its location between China and India, it became a huge trading center for Asia and the rest of the world. Foreign settlements with traders from as far as the Netherlands and France were constructed outside the city limits.

As the city's influence and trading reputation grew, so did Ayuthaya's list of enemies. Many wars between Burma, Cambodia, and China erupted, and although Ayutthaya did lose occasionally (to Burma twice in the 1500's for example) it was never overrun or occupied, just made to pay financial tributes.

But in 1797, everything changed and the bustling metropolis of Ayutthaya was destroyed along with much of the rest of Siam as part of the Great War with Burma. And so the great city of Ayutthaya became a ruin.
   

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