Ayuthaya was the capital city of Siam.
It was referred to as the ‘Venice Of The East’ as it was built upon several small islands at the junction of three rivers. Canals also interconnected most parts of the city.
It was destroyed by invading armies some 225 years back and virtually the entire city was razed. Temples, Buddhas, palaces, all were destroyed and looted.
Most of the Buddha images had arms and heads or ears removed. One version of this I have heard is that it was so that the Buddha could neither hear nor respond to the pleas of the people of Siam.
There are still many ruins today and here a monk and a young novice, carrying a plastic toy, walk through the ruins of Wat Chaiwattanaram.
The image has deliberately been digitally altered to give it an effect as if taken by a ‘Lomo’ camera.