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Wat Phra Ram: Ruins of Ayutthaya, Thailand

by Dean Wickham October 12, 2012 Asia
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Wat Phra Ram was actually the first of the ruins that we came to when we visited the ancient Siamese Capitol of Ayutthaya, Thailand. It is certainly not as impressive as the larger ruins of Wat Mahathat and Wat Chaiwatthanaram, however it still has some interesting ruins to check out. The actual date of the [...]

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Photo of the week: Remains of a Kitchen in Pompeii, Italy

by Dean Wickham September 9, 2012 Destinations
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This week’s travel photo is of the remains of a kitchen in the ruins of Pompeii, Italy. Pompeii is one of the most popular ancient Roman archaeological sites in Italy, and the ruins are surprisingly well preserved due to being covered in volcanic ash from nearby Mount Vesuvius for nearly 2000 years.  

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Photo of the week: Roman Forum from Palatine Hill in Rome, Italy

by Dean Wickham July 29, 2012 Destinations
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This week’s travel photo is of the ruins of the ancient Roman Forum from Palatine Hill in Rome, Italy. In ancient Rome, Palatine Hill was where the rich and powerful lived. I can only imagine what this view must have been like 2000 years ago.

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Temples of Thailand: Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Saen

by Dean Wickham May 11, 2012 Asia
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Wat Chedi Luang is one of the more interesting ruins in the old Lanna city of Chiang Saen, Thailand. The temple was originally built in 1291, not long after the construction of the city walls by King Saen Phu. These days, Wat Chedi Luang is still a working temple, and there are some modern structures [...]

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Temples of Thailand: Wat Thammikarat, Ayutthaya

by Dean Wickham April 27, 2012 Asia
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Wat Thammikarat is one of the lesser visited ruins in the ancient Siam capital of Ayutthaya, Thailand. It is believed that it actually predates the city of Ayutthaya, with parts of it possibly dating back to the 12 century. Today it is actually a working temple, and several newer buildings have been built around the [...]

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Temples of Thailand: Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya

by Dean Wickham February 28, 2012 Asia
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Wat Chaiwatthanaram was the last of the ruins that I explored in the ancient Siam capitol of Ayutthaya, Thailand, but it was definitely the most impressive. It is actually located outside of the main island that Ayutthaya is built on, and it’s towers stand tall and surprisingly well preserved on the west bank of the [...]

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Temples of Thailand: Wat Ratchaburana, Ayutthaya

by Dean Wickham November 11, 2011 Asia
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Built in the 15th Century, Wat Ratchaburana is one of the most well preserved ruins in the ancient Siam capital of Ayutthaya, Thailand. The temple was built by Chao Sam Phraya, who became king after his father passed away in 1424 and his two brothers, Chao Aye Phraya and Chao Yi Phraya killed each other [...]

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Photo of the week: A Lonely Bench in Pompeii, Italy

by Dean Wickham November 6, 2011 Destinations
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This week’s photo is of a lonely bench sitting next to an old bath or pond, in the ancient ruins of Pompeii, Italy. The Roman city of Pompeii was destroyed in 79AD when the nearby volcano, Mount Vesuvius, erupted. The catastrophic eruption sent huge waves of heat and ash into the city, instantly killing it’s inhabitants [...]

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Photo of the week: Statue at Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Saen, Thailand

by Dean Wickham October 9, 2011 Asia
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This week’s photo is of a Buddha statue on the wall of Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Saen, Thailand. The construction of the temple apparently began in the year 1291, making it very old. The historic city of Chiang Saen, located on the Mekong River, is full of interesting ruins dating back to the 13th [...]

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Video: Exploring Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya, Thailand

by Dean Wickham October 3, 2011 Asia
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In the old Siam Capitol of Ayutthaya, Thailand, there are many interesting ruins dating back to the 14th century. Wat Mahathat was one of the main temples in the city and it’s ruins are interesting to explore. Watch the video below to see some of my exploration of the temple and listen to some classical [...]

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