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Ayutthaya, Thailand

Once in Ayutthaya, the first stop on our expedition is Wat Mahatat. Upon entering, you walk among blackened brick and plaster ruins, all reminders of the Burmese raid on this once glorious city. Around the corner in an inconspicuous spot is the incredibly famous image of the Buddha's head entwined in the roots of a fig tree. Nobody is sure of the true origins of the head. Although made familiar by photographers, it is still a haunting sight. We are reminded to crouch if we want a picture taken with the image, as no-one should stand higher than the Buddha.


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