Moody Skies over Wat Chaiwatthanaram (UNESCO) | Ayutthaya | Thailand

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    Explore(d), December 9, 2011 #374

    Wat Chaiwatthanaram (Thai: วัดไชยวัฒนาราม) is a Buddhist temple in the city of Ayutthaya, Thailand, on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, outside Ayutthaya island. It is one of Ayutthaya's most beautiful temples and a major tourist attraction.

    It is a large compound and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple was constructed in 1630 by the king Prasat Thong as the first temple of his reign, as a memorial of his mother's resident in that area. The temple's name literally means the Temple of long reign and glorious era. It was designed in Khmer style which was popular in that time. It has a central 35 meter high prang in Khmer style (Thai: พระปรางด์ประธาน) with four smaller prangs. The whole construction stands on a rectangular platform. About halfway up there are hidden entrances, to which steep stairs lead.

    After the total destruction of the old capital (Thai: กรุงเก่า - Krung Kao) by the Burmese in 1767, from which Wat Chai Watthanaram was not spared, the temple was deserted. Theft, sale of bricks from the ruins and the beheading of the Buddha statues were common. Only in 1987 did the Thai Department of Fine Arts started restoring the site. In 1992 it was opened to the public.

    This site suffered badly under the recent floods, it was under 2 meters of water for over 2 months. There are fears it may collapse.

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    1. Sunrise@dawn 風傳影像 39 months ago | reply

      Top-notch, my friend……. ^^

    2. drburtoni 39 months ago | reply

      bet this looks different now...after the waters recede. what a beautiful UNESCO Heritage site.

    3. RNEP 39 months ago | reply

      A+++ Grade Photo(Post 1 give A+++ logo to 3 pics)

    4. Dani℮l 39 months ago | reply

      Very beautiful....!

    5. Aubrey Stoll 39 months ago | reply

      Superb work and processing. Nicely done

    6. petia.bourova 39 months ago | reply

      Excellent work!!!Strange and beautiful buildings!!!

    7. thai-on 39 months ago | reply

      I like this temple... because of various kind of materials although it's difficult to control the lights. :-)

    8. »DaLMaTiNo« 39 months ago | reply

      Awesome image! Beautiful colors!!!
      Seen in my contacts' photos. ( ?² )

    9. hapulcu 39 months ago | reply

      Fantastic ruins and a splendid sky.

    10. dstone2 39 months ago | reply

      Great Shot! as seen in:

      Totally Thailand

    11. D Pardo 39 months ago | reply

      Mighty temples, perfectly captured.

    12. Elly Fly 39 months ago | reply

      This is a masterpiece!

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    13. bugeyed_G 39 months ago | reply

      Wow, what fantastic detail on this! Those clouds are a perfect backdrop. Nicely done!

    14. tlchua99 39 months ago | reply

      HDRs sometimes create strange halos, sometimes white, sometimes grey!
      Interesting place shown here!

    15. TheFella 39 months ago | reply

      Fantastic location!

    16. MaTRaCH 39 months ago | reply

      dramatic sky!!!! looks so good to be above these temples
      excellent clarity shot my friend!

    17. Sukiyomi♫♪ Chaiyot 39 months ago | reply

      As seen in:

      Thailand Showcase Gallery
      Only high quality images (5+ faves).

    18. tak4tak4 39 months ago | reply

      As seen in:

      Thailand Showcase Gallery
      Only high quality images (5+ faves).

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