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King U-Thong Monument was built by a governor of the province, who wanted to ward off misfortune by paying homage to the founder of the entire Ayutthayan kingdom. All residents of Ayutthaya gather at the statue every year on April 3rd and celebrate the first king of the Kingdom. Garbed in royal attire this sword-bearing structure faces the location where his mortal remains were buried.
Though quite a recent monument, built from 1968 to 1970, the King U-Thong monument has significant historical relevance. This monument honours King U-Thong, the monarch who founded the Ayutthaya Empire of Siam in the 14th century. This empire lasted for more than 400 years and is an integral part of Thai history. It is believed that the monument is built on the same spot where King U-thong originally founded the city in 1350.
The bronze statue of King U-Thong at this monument is quite magnificent. The green coloured figure of King U-Thong here is clad in a royal costume of the early Ayutthaya period, and he is carrying a sword in his left hand. This monument is situated on a square inside the Ayutthaya Historical Park between Wat Phra Sri Sanphet and Wat Phra Ram, on the eastern side of the former Royal Palace. You can take a picture-perfect shot of the three stupas of Wat Phra Sri Sanphet from here. You can also check out a beautiful lake nearby called Bueng Phra Ram or Bueng Chi Khan.
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