Ayutthaya Symbols Significant


Emblem of Ayutthaya

          A conch enshrined on a tray inside the shrine or Prasat under the Mun Tree is emblem of Ayutthaya. It was said that a large number of people died of cholera disease in 1347 , therefore king U-Thong commanded his people the move to a new place which was surrounded by the rivers in Tambon Nong-Sa-Noh. He also ordered to build up the border, the holy house and to prepare the land for the new palace. During the construction, a conch was found under the Mun Tree.
King U-thong was very pleased with this marvelous evidence and then the Prasat was built to enshrine the conch.

The Flag of Phranakhon Si Ayutthaya
          The flag is rectangle in shape with 3 equal stripes; blue in the middle with two dark blue parallel stripes above and below. The emblem of the province, a conch enshrined on a tray inside the shrine under the Mun tree, Appears in the middle of the flag with the word “Ayutthaya” below. The flag pole is colored with yellow and blue stripes.


The tree of Phranakhon Si Ayutthaya

The Mun tree is of the family of Boraginaceae. It is the cylinder-sharped tree of medium size about 60 feet high. The color of the trunk and skin is gray mixed with brown. The skin is about half an inch thick. The leaf is about 5 inches long and 3 inches wide in an oval shape. Its flower is white and the ripened fruits green. The Mun tree is normally found in forests in the northern, central, and north-eastern regions of Thailand. The Mun tree is the tree of Phranakhon Si Ayutthaya because a conch enshrined on a tray was found under a Mun tree when King U-Thong first moved and settled down in Nong Sa-Noh.


The flower of Phranakhon Si Ayutthaya
          Sa-Noh flower, a shrub plant, is of the family of Leguminosae. This fast growing plant is normally found along the canal and river banks in the central region. Its yellow flowers, which looks like gold, can be cooked with coconut milk and eaten with chili paste. In 1350 King U-Thong moved to establish the new capital city at Wiang Lek. He saw a number of Sa-Noh flowers, which looked like a field of gold at Nong Sa-Noh, hethus decided to construct the royal palace there. Consequently, the Sa-Noh flower became the flower of the province.