Wat Ratchaburana, Ayuthaya, Thailand

The last Wat that I visited in Ayuthaya, Wat Ratchaburana, a fifteenth century Wat seemed to be in a very good condition. The statues of Buddha in standing gesture at each grotto of the prang were in good condition. The statues of Garuda( a mythical bird) and Nagas(serpent) were intact. I had a happy time clicking and freezing the sculptural delights of fifteenth century.



The Wat, we were told was built by King Boromaraja II, to hold the remains of his elder brothers who died fighting each other – on elephant back in a battle – over who would succeed their father to rule the great Ayuthaya empire. Two Chedis now stand at the place of cremation of the brothers.



In 1957 looters dug into the main prang and stole the treasures and valuable materials. The local police there later retrieved them. If only the looters channelised their talents of treasure hunting to become good archeologists! More digging took place after that and a lot of ancient valuables including royal regalia made of gold and precious stones were found. They are on display at the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum in Ayuthaya. The photos of the items were on display inside the tower of the prang. In the lower storey of the tower there were murals on the wall which are not very clear.



The contrast in the landscape around was very much evident in the view from the top. The ruins against the modern buildings that have come up around was a great sight. It was like standing in a fifteenth century time frame and watching the developments of twenty first century around. And I just didn’t want to come out of the frame then.

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35 Responses

  1. Dina says:

    Each photo is breathtaking. So different from anything we know here. I can begin to understand why so many young Israelis, after finishing their army service, take a year to go east, to experience Thailand and India.

    Every country has looters. A few days ago thieves broke into a museum in Ashdod and stole archeological artifacts being exhibited as "objects recovered from antiquities thieves."

  2. Anya says:

    Wow!!
    Amazing post 🙂
    Unique "Wat" building
    its really beautiful 🙂

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  3. Maggie May says:

    Your photos are always superb and you write a very good historical back up to to go with them too. It must be really wonderful to travel to so many beautiful places.

    Nuts in May

  4. Sylvia K says:

    Magnificent captures as always, Indrani! And I always learn so much about your wonderful country from your excellent post! How wonderful that you are able to travel and see so much history and beauty! Have a great week!

    Sylvia

  5. noel says:

    aloha, ayuthaya is an amazing place with too many temples to count…you captured one of the gems and i love the photos through the portals

  6. magiceye says:

    amazing!
    happy republic day!!

  7. Carver says:

    What fascinating places. These are great shots. I always enjoy the details as well as the larger views you bring us. It's a shame looting is such a problem with antiquities.

  8. alicesg says:

    It is beautiful. I also love taking photos of the buddha. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day.

  9. Jenn says:

    I've always wondered whether Ayuthaya was worth visiting or not. So thank you for you post, I think I will add this to my growing list of " must see". Great info too!

  10. Ebie says:

    Thank you again for taking us to this wonderful tour. I just do not understand the looting of ancient artifacts.

    Enjoy your week!

  11. Anu says:

    Beautidul pics, again…. really looks great.. the last pic though, makes you relate to the ruins in India, doesnt it???

  12. wow what an adventure. enjoy the rest of the week.

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  13. Vaggelis says:

    excellent photography of this great structures

  14. LadyFi says:

    Wow – amazing photos and that architecture – I just love it!

  15. Wolynski says:

    All this from the 15th century? The structure in the top photo seems in relatively good shape. Love the contrast of the ancient and modern. Great photos.

  16. Regina says:

    The intricate design really amazed me. Beautiful captures.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a nice week.

  17. Always so many places on my list to visit – Ayuthaya is one of them. Thanks for the lovely pics.

  18. Rajesh says:

    Fantastic tour of the place with spectacular shots.

  19. J says:

    I know what you mean about the time frame. It's one reason I love wandering about central London, as you can see how the city has progressed from medieval times.

  20. Denise says:

    Stunning and your photographs are fantastic! What a wonderful place to visit, so much history too. Very enjoyable, thank you!

  21. Pietro says:

    Indrani, I enjoyed all the wonderful pictures! They are so interesting! What a nice place!

  22. Babli says:

    You are an excellent photographer. I liked each and every photographs. What a marvellous beauty. I appreciate for all the spectacular shots.

  23. Nessa says:

    Amazing carvings. It's fascinating that this ancient building is in the middle of such contemporary ones.

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  24. Great pics and well narrated. Your blogs are a pleasure to read.Are you still in Thailand and blogging from there?

  25. Onkar says:

    Lovely pictures.I liked the contrast you brought out at the end.

  26. Irene says:

    Indrani, thanks for the historical trip to this ancient site.

  27. Trotter says:

    Hi Indrani! Sorry for the absence, but this starting of the year has been even crazier than usual!

    Excellent shots! It must be a wonderful site!!

    Blogtrotter 2 is departing Miami by sea. Hope you like it and have a great week!!

  28. Kamini says:

    These photographs are just superb. I am really enjoying this Thailand series.

  29. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!!
    🙂

  30. thyme says:

    Amazing, to take a peek in such ancient history of humankind!

  31. Somewhat like 'gummat'old structures of Mughal period standing in posh colonies like South Extension IN New Delhi.The ancient and modern existing side by side.

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