Photographer's Note

Ayutthaya - Wat Mahathat - The Head of an Ancient Buddha Image

Ayutthaya had been the Thai capital for 417 years until it was sacked by the Burmese in 1767. It's situated 75 kilometers north of Bangkok and boasts numerous magnificent ruins.

Wat Mahathat was built during the 1370s. It was repaired and restored several times until the Burmese destruction in 1767. It has been a ruin ever since. A dismembered head from one of its Buddha statues was found encased in the roots of a tree and has become the most photographed image in Ayutthaya. This was one of the largest and most important of the city's many temples.

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