Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (city)

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Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
City Municipality
City of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Official seal of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya is located in Thailand
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Location in Thailand
Coordinates: 14°20′52″N 100°33′38″E / 14.34778°N 100.56056°E / 14.34778; 100.56056Coordinates: 14°20′52″N 100°33′38″E / 14.34778°N 100.56056°E / 14.34778; 100.56056
Country Thailand
Province Ayutthaya
District Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Named for Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India
 • Type City Municipality
 • Mayor Somsong Sappakosonlakul
 • Total 14.84 km2 (5.73 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 52,952
 • Density 3,600/km2 (9,200/sq mi)
  Registered residents only
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
Postcode 13xxx
Area code (+66) 35

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (Thai: พระนครศรีอยุธยา, pronounced [pʰráʔ ná(ʔ).kʰɔ̄ːn sǐː ʔā.jút.tʰā.jāː]; also spelled "Ayudhya"), or locally and simply Ayutthaya, is the former capital of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya province in Thailand. Located in the valley of the Chao Phraya River.


Ayutthaya is shown in the Fra Mauro map of the world (approximately 1450 CE) under the name "Scierno", derived from the Persian "Shahr-I-Naw", meaning "New City"[1]

Ayutthaya is named after the city of Ayodhya in India, the birthplace of Rama in the Ramayana (Thai, Ramakien); phra (from Khmer: ព្រះ Preah) is a Thai royal and noble title; nakhon designates an important or capital city (from Sanskrit: Nagar); the Thai honorific sri or si is from the Indian term of veneration Sri.


Ayutthaya was founded in 1351[a] by King U Thong, who went there to escape a smallpox outbreak in Lop Buri and proclaimed it the capital of his kingdom, often referred to as the Ayutthaya kingdom or Siam. Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai.[2] It is estimated that Ayutthaya by the year 1600 CE had a population of about 300,000, with the population perhaps reaching 1,000,000 around 1700 CE, making it one of the world's largest cities at that time,[3] when it was sometimes known as the "Venice of the East".[4][5]

In 1767, the city was destroyed by the Burmese army, resulting in the collapse of the kingdom. The ruins of the old city are preserved in the Ayutthaya historical park,[6] which is recognised internationally as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ruins, characterised by the prang (reliquary towers) and gigantic monasteries, give an idea of the city's past splendour.[7] Modern Ayutthaya was refounded a few kilometres to the east.


The city is about 40 miles (64 km) north of Bangkok.[8]


Ayutthaya, located in the central plains, is affected by three seasons:

  • Hot Season: March – May
  • Rainy season: June – October
  • Cool season: November - February
Climate data for Ayutthaya
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 31.0
Average low °C (°F) 17.0
Average rainfall mm (inches) 2.4
Average rainy days 0 1 4 6 15 16 17 19 17 12 3 1 111
Source: Thai Meteorological Department[9]

Ayutthaya City Sites

Notable cultural sites

Name Picture Built Sponsor(s) Notes
Wat Chai Watthanaram Sunset at Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya, Thailand.jpg 1630 King Prasat Thong One of the most famous temples in Ayutthaya
Wat Mahathat Templo Mahathat, Ayutthaya, Tailandia, 2013-08-23, DD 06.jpg 1374 King Borommaracha I
Wat Phanan Choeng 001 Vihara seen from the Side (9188173523).jpg 1324
Wat Phra Si Sanphet Ayutthaya Tapinaklari.jpg 1350 King Ramathibodi I
Wat Ratchaburana Wat Ratchaburana (Ayutthaya).jpg 1424 King Borommarachathirat II
Wat Lokaya Sutharam Wat Lokaya Sutharam in Ayutthaya Thailand 08.jpg 1452 King Intharacha
Wat Phra Ram Templo Phra Ram, Ayutthaya, Tailandia, 2013-08-23, DD 04.jpg 1369 King Ramesuan
Wat Phutthaisawan Ayutwputhaisawan0506a.jpg Before Ayutthaya was founded. King Ramathibodi I
Wat Thammikarat Thailand Ayutthaya Wat Thammikarat.jpg Before Ayutthaya was founded. King of Lavo


  • Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre
  • Chao Sam Phraya National Museum: The museum was specially display the objects excavated at Wat Racha Burana and Wat Maha That.

Other tourism sites

  • Wang Luang
  • Wat Na Phra Men
  • Wat Suwan Dararam
  • Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit
  • St. Joseph's Church
  • Baan Hollanda

The city is located at the junction of the Chao Phraya, Lopburi and Pa Sak rivers, and on the main north-south railway linking Chiang Mai to Bangkok. The old city is on an island formed by a bend of the Chao Phraya on the west and south sides, the Pa Sak on the east side and the Klong Muang canal on the northern side.

The approximate centre of the old city is 14°20′N 100°34′E / 14.333°N 100.567°E / 14.333; 100.567.


Ayutthaya is accessible by air and rail.


The closest airport is Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport, a hub for regional budget carriers. An elevated walkway connects Terminal 1 to the Don Muang Train Station, where can catch one of the Ayutthaya-bound trains that regularly roll through.[10]


Trains to Ayutthaya leave Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Station approximately every hour between 04:20 am. and 10:00 pm. The 3rd class fare is 15 bahts for the 1.5 hour trip. Train schedules are available from the information booth at Hua Lamphong Station, Bangkok.[11]

In fiction



a The city was founded on Friday, the 6th day of the waxing moon of the 5th month, 1893 Buddhist Era, corresponding to Friday, 4 March 1351 Common Era, according to the calculation of the Fine Arts Department of Thailand.[14]


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  2. ^ "Historic City of Ayutthaya - UNESCO World Heritage Centre". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  3. ^ George Modelski, World Cities: –3000 to 2000, Washington DC: FAROS 2000, 2003. ISBN 978-0-9676230-1-6. See also Evolutionary World Politics Homepage.
  4. ^ "Ayutthaya, Thailand's historic city". The Times Of India. 2008-07-31. 
  5. ^ Derick Garnier (2004). Ayutthaya: Venice of the East. River books. ISBN 974-8225-60-7. 
  6. ^ "Ayutthaya Historical Park". Asia's World Publishing Limited. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  7. ^ "Historic City of Ayutthaya". UNESCO. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  8. ^ Bellamy, Patrick. "The Hunt." Hambali: Mastermind of Terror. Crime Library. Retrieved on March 17, 2014.
  9. ^ "30 year Average (1961-1990) - AYUTTHAYA". Thai Meteorological Department. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  10. ^
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  12. ^ Mortal Kombat (Laser disc) Audio Commentary, UPC: 014381302165. 
  13. ^ "The Buddha Statue". Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  14. ^ Rotchanaratha, Wina, ed. (1999). Prachum Phongsawadan Chabap Kanchanaphisek Lem Nueng ประชุมพงศาวดาร ฉบับกาญจนาภิเษก เล่ม ๑ [Golden Jubilee Collection of Historical Archives, Volume 1] (in Thai). Bangkok: Fine Arts Department of Thailand. p. 211. ISBN 9744192151. 

Further reading

  • Stefan Halikowski Smith, Creolization and Diaspora in the Portuguese Indies: The Social World of Ayutthaya, 1640-1720 (Leiden, Brill, 2011) (European Expansion and Indigenous Response, 8).

External links

  • Website of municipality
  • Ayutthaya travel guide from Wikivoyage
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