P0479 Lennox and Catherine Tierney Photo Collection
Box 50, Thailand, Ayuthia, 7
Digitzed by: J.Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (Thailand)--Photographs; Buddhist temples--Thailand--Ayutthaya;
Ayuthia; Ayudhya; Ayodhya;
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (Thailand);
Photo taken at Ayutthaya, Thailand, showing the building at Phra Mongkhon Bophit, built in 1965 to shelter a centuries-old giant golden statue of a seated Buddha;
Caption on slide
Ayudhya, Thailand Wat Phra Ram.
Image was scanned from color slide. "Ayutthaya (full name Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thai: พระนครศรีอยุธยา, also spelled 'Ayudhya') city is the capital of Ayutthaya province in Thailand. The city was founded in 1350 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. 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. In 1767 the city was destroyed by the Burmese army, resulting in the collapse of the kingdom. The ruins of the old city now form the Ayutthaya historical park, which is recognized internationally as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city was refounded a few kilometers to the east. The city is sometimes called "Venice of the East'. EtymologyAyutthaya is named after the city of Ayodhya in India, the birthplace of Rama in the Ramayana (Thai, Ramakien); Phra is a Thai royal and noble title; Nakhon designates an important or capital city; Thai honorific Sri or Si is from the Indian term of veneration Sri"--Wikipedia.
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Original scanned on Nikon Coolscan 5000 and saved as 2700 ppi TIFF. Display image generated in CONTENTdm as JP2000.