The mystery of the Buddha's face is trapped in an ancient tree root in Thailand

 The 700-year-old stone Buddha statue at Wat Mahatat temple in Ayutthaya ancient capital, hidden in the roots of an ancient fig tree for hundreds of years, has become a popular spiritual destination when visitors visit this land. 

The root cause appears the Buddha face hidden in the roots

A mighty city in the world was destroyed

The city of Ayutthaya, whose full name is Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, was established in 1350 as the second capital of Thailand, after Sukhothai. It used to be one of the largest cities in the world with about 1 million people.

Ayutthaya used to be a mighty city in the world

Ayutthaya has the advantage of perfect trading location, surrounded by three rivers Chao Phraya, Lopburi and Pa Sak. The city is home to a large number of merchants from all over the world to trade.

This is a very powerful city in the world from 1351 to 1767 until the Burmese army - the old name of Myanmar, invaded and destroyed everything. Women were arrested, men were killed, leaving only headless Buddha statues left.

Ruins of the ancient capitalRuins of the ancient capital remains (Image: 123rf)

From a prosperous city, Ayutthaya became ruined. Many temples were also destroyed or collapsed. The invasion of the Burmese army has made most of the Buddhist temples here to ashes, causing great losses to all mankind. That is the story of the past. By the 20th century, the Thai government revived Ayutthaya.


Glorious past restored

After regaining their independence, instead of mending the debris, the Thai chose a new capital in the south - present-day Bangkok. Ayutthaya is a modern city in the Central Delta of Thailand, 85 kilometers north of Bangkok and was declared a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1991.

The ancient capital Ayutthaya today still remains the remains of major populations such as Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopit, Wat Phra Mahathat, Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Thammikarat, Wat Phra Ram and Wat Borom Phuttharam.

Visitors here are most impressed by the statue's head embraced in the roots of the tree

Many monuments still carry ruined images like 700 years ago, making anyone visiting with the feeling of going back in history back to past stories. The grandeur of many religious works makes us ask ourselves, how spectacular was this place in its heyday?


Strangely, the Buddha's face is hidden in the tree roots

One of the special features in Ayutthaya today is that there are hundreds of headless Buddha statues, most of which destroyed by thieves stolen for resale to antiques collectors in the West.

The head of the Buddha statue hidden in the tree roots is tangled in the grounds of Wat Mahathat

One of the destinations that many tourists choose to visit Ayutthaya is the stone Buddha face nestled in the tangled roots of ancient banyan trees, located on the grounds of Wat Mahathat temple.

According to the theory, over many years, the head of the Buddha should have been crushed by the roots, but for some reason the Buddha-faced statue not only had no harm but also became a living part of tree. 

It is a 700-year-old Buddha face statue "embraced" by surrounding tree roots. Although the trunk is quite large, it does not conceal the entire statue. This has created a very lively masterpiece. The outline of the Buddha's face exudes a holy, transcendent look, bringing a sense of peace to visitors when visiting. 

The Buddha's face exuded a holiness, bringing a sense of peace

Legend has it that when the ancient capital Ayutthaya was destroyed by the invaders, a soldier placed the head of the Buddha's face in a tree. Through many historical events, the statue was not harmed, but on the contrary, reaching out to embrace the Buddha statue, the statue creates a lively and strange picture like today.

However, looking once more at the mysterious expression of the Buddha statue, we will see a balance that few people think about. Even though she was brutally pinched by the surrounding trees, her face still gave off a faint smile of self - a smile quietly in the bleak scene.

Stone Buddha statue nestled in the roots of a majestic ancient fig tree

For devotees, the presence of the Buddha face hidden in the tree trunk has many sacred meanings. According to local people, this place is very sacred, bringing luck to visitors. 

There are more than 10 famous sights in the ancient capital Ayutthaya, mainly temples and royal ruins. During your journey, you can go to Wat Lokaya Sutha, where a giant reclining Buddha statue tilted its head on the lotus. The statue is 8 m high and about 29 m long, dressed in a bright yellow robe, solemnly creating a highlight for the overall ancient here. 

This Buddha face statue looks like a mask, the nose is sharply trimmed, the chin is angular

No matter how sorrowful it seems, the image of the Buddha's face still shines a strange resilience, making one escape feeling completely hopeless.

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