It was the palace of king Naraï who reiceived a french embassy in 1685. Louis XIV and the Jesuits wanted to convert the siamese king to cathoicism.
Untill now french is currently spoken at the court or Bangkok (a friend of mine spent 8 years in this country and had good relations with the king's chambellan, selling champagne among other wines).
I only spent two days in Bangkok, a long time ago.
I thank you for this inform ation. I didn't know more than the location who is hopefully right.
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This is NOT the Royal Palace. This is Wat Chai Wattanaram, east of the city!
Hello hdamm I think you're right, I changed my title and the position, because I can't remember
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A very interesting and different perspective.
hdamm is correct.
picsonthemove, this temple is special and different from most buddhist temples in Thailand because the architect tried to bring in some ancient Cambodian element into the design. Take a look at my shot of the same site. You would notice that the floorplan and positions of each stupa looks a little bit like Ankhor Wat in Cambodia.
I recognised that the architecture was different and it was on my third day ever in Thailand as I saw the statues in yellow
It's not different, picsonthemove. I captured it from a corner while my back was against the wall. However, you captured it from the rear of the temple, which used to be a pray hall (U-bo-sot), equivalent to Church in English. From this point, you could see the river behind you. I have a shot similar to this too but I did not upload it.
I was there with a tourgroup for only one day, Ayutthaya is definitly a place I want to see again longer but I've to say Bangkok is now a risky destination for an individual traveller. I've one friend, he had to stay some days longer in Bangkok during your political problems and another one got his holiday cancelled because Bangkok was not reachable. If you're on atourgroup you loose only some holiday days because they must bring you back but if you have booked for one flight yourself you have to pay for the hotel and even worse an expensive one way flight
I will have to admit this fact about the political unrest during April 2009, picsonthemove. And I can imagine the difficulty of travelling alone while the instability was going on. It's quite worrisome. However, if one stays away from Central Bangkok area, in which the protesters usually gather. Life goes on as usual elsewhere.
I am not sure if you are aware of or have been to Sukhothai in the north, which is 200-400 years older than Ayudhya. The architecture there is known as "authentic" Thai because Ayudhya was already heavily influenced by Sri Lankan and Cambodian style. Sukhothai is also not as busy as Ayudhya. Just FYI. :D
the north, with exeption of Chiang Mai and farther north, I've seen only in a tourgroup, therefore I was only one day in Sukhothai, too and these are slides I've still to scan.
Thanks a lot for 1.000 views
Thank you very much for 2.000 views
Ich stelle mir gerade vor: Wie mag dieser Tempel vor seiner Zerstörung ausgesehen haben? Mir gefiel Ayutthaya auch sehr.. Leider konnte ich diesen Tempel damals nicht besuchen. Um so mehr freut es mich, dieses Bild zu sehen; Danke!
Very Nice and Beautiful Photograph!!!!
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Like & YS. Greetings from Iran, Parastoo
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Photo taken in Ban Pom, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand
Chai Watthanaram Temple
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