This is allegedly the most photographed item in all of Ayutthaya, possibly all of Thailand. It’s obvious why. The sight of the fallen Buddha head, the tree coming to encapsulate it… it’s quite a symbol if you’re thinking about the inevitability of change. Look upon my works, ye mighty, and all that. Ozymandias effect.

Ayutthaya was once a small independent kingdom. Later, for a time, it was the capital of Thailand. It still has defensive walls and moats in places. But inevitably it fell, and today, there are ruins everywhere, including from the former palace, temples, and elephant grounds. It’s a very strange place in some ways. But it was also where I managed to feel closest to the past andpeople in Thailand – the great halls of the Thai kings were not so different to those of medieval English lords.


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