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In 1765 Thai territory was invaded by two Burmese armies that converged on Ayutthaya. The only notable example of successful resistance to these forces was found at the village of Bang Rajan. After a lengthy siege, the city capitulated and was burned in 1767. Ayutthaya's art treasures, the libraries containing its literature, and the archives housing its historic records were almost totally destroyed, and Burmese brought the Ayutthaya Kingdom to ruin.The country was reduced to chaos. Provinces were proclaimed independent states under military leaders, rogue monks, and cadet members of the royal family. The Thais were saved from Burmese subjugation, however, by an opportune Chinese invasion of Burma and by the leadership of a Thai military commander, Phraya Taksin.

All that remains of the old city is some impressive ruins of the royal palace. King Taksin established a capital at Thonburi, across the Chao Phraya from the present capital of Thailand, Bangkok. The ruins of the historic city of Ayutthaya and associated historic towns in the Ayutthaya historical park have been listed by  UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The city of Ayutthaya was re-founded near the old city, and is now capital of the Ayutthaya province.

Ayutthaya - Unesco World Heritage Site, Thailand.

Ayutthaya Page 2 Unesco World Heritage site
Ayutthaya Page 2 Unesco World Heritage site
Ayutthaya Page 2 Unesco World Heritage site
Ayutthaya Page 1, The Ancient Capital of Thailand Ayutthaya Page 3, Wat Yai Chai Mongkhol, Ayutthaya