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Ayutthaya Thailand

Ayutthaya - full name Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya - is an ancient capital and modern city in the Central Plains of Thailand, 85 km to the north of Bangkok. Originally founded by King U-Thong in 1350 within a bend of the Chao Phraya river, Ayutthaya was the capital of the Thai kingdom at its mightiest. Conquered and sacked by the Burmese in 1767, today only the ruins of its splendor remain. The modern city was founded a few kilometers further east. The ruins of the old capital in the Ayutthaya historical park are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. and have been so since December 1991.

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