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Cockerels at King Naresuan Monument

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Cockerels at King Naresuan Monument - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

One wonders if an alternative name for the Monument of King Naresuan near Ayutthaya could be '1000 cockerel monument'. As shown in this panorama, there are literally hundreds of statues of cocks clustered all around it. The picture was taken late in the afternoon showing the approach to the monument.

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Cockerels at King Naresuan Monument - Ayutthaya visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Cockerels at King Naresuan Monument' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Central Thailand.

The Monument of King Naresuan stands near to Wat Phu Khao Thong on the outskirts of Ayutthaya. It was built in memory of King Naresuan, who ruled Ayutthaya for 15 years between 1590 and his death in 1605. His rule was a short, but important one, which saw Siam freed from Burmese rule and strengthened the kingdom for a period.

Naresuan, whose full titles were 'Somdet Phra Naresuan Maharaj' or 'Somdet Phra Sanpet II', was one of the most influential and revered monarchs. He was born to King Maha Thammarachathirat in 1555 and named Naret, Black Prince. At the time Siam was under Burmese rule and Naret joined other princes from various nations living as a hostage in Burma, where he grew up and was educated.

Eventually Naresuan returned to Ayutthaya and helped gradually drive the Burmese out of Siam. During his reign Siam grew to it's greatest extent and enjoyed a time of prosperity and increasing stability. Naresuan died in 1605, probably of Smallpox though one story has him killed by Burmese soldiers on a campaign in Tambon Thung Kaew.

He is the most revered Siamese king, with statues in other places throughout Thailand. Eventually, in 1767 the Burmese finally captured Ayutthaya and the capital moved to Bangkok.


The Monument of King Naresuan is off the 309 highway northwest of Ayutthaya.

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