World heritage site – Ayutthaya
Every year there are several newspapers that print on about the news that Ayutthaya might be removed from UNESCO’s World Heritage list. This place has seen invasions after invasions from Burmese in the past but it still stands the test of time. Every year newspapers post upcoming changes but the site still remains. This just shows the justification of so many temples and museums that this place holds.
On 13 December 1991 the Historic City of Ayutthaya was awarded the status of World Heritage Site by UNESCO at Carthage, Tunisia. For a site to be called as one of the world heritage it must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria. The Historic City of Ayutthaya was chosen on basis of criteria 3: “To bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared.”
According to the Luang Prasoet chronicle, Ayutthaya was established by King Ramathibodi I in 1351. With a cosmopolitan character this city became one of the most important trading hubs of Asia. Ayutthaya was the capital of the Siamese. It was in 1700’s taken as a pray by the Burmese and thus have just been burnt on that not so fateful day to be always buried in ashes.
There are more than 400 temples which were at some point in the past plundered and burned, reduced until their basic foundations by brick were. After the Burmese invasion it has been renovated on more than few occasions by numerous kings but never on a large level.
All in all the site holds witness to the cultural holdings that the region once had and respect the city formed in the hearts and minds of traders and dwellers alike. The cultural and heritage enthusiasts will definitely like the place and would love to visit it again.