The Ayutthaya Historical Park is a park in the city of Ayutthaya that covers ruins of the ancient city and includes temples and palaces. The city of Ayutthaya was captured by the Burmese and was the capital of the country until the destruction by the Burmese. The Fine Arts Department began renovation of the ruins and part of the park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The park includes temples, museums and elephant park and is on an island nestled between three rivers. The Wat Yai Chaya Mongkol features shaped stupas or chedis with hundreds of Buddha statues dressed in yellow robes. The Wat Maha That has a head sculpture of Buddha among branches of trees and is one of the most famous images of Ayutthaya.
The Viharn Mongkol features a copy of the Grand Palace in Bangkok and houses an enormous sculpture of the Buddha, the largest of its kind in Thailand. The Wat Lokayasutharam has huge sculpture of the Buddha in reclining style and is one of the most revered shrines in the city and country. The park is located near Bangkok and is a short ride from the city and features ruins and temples that are worth visiting.