Ayutthaya: One Square Mile of Thailand

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Some 70km north of the modern capital Bangkok, Ayutthaya is the ancient heart of this Asian nation.

Built on canals and resplendent with temples, it was the seat of a major empire. But after war with Burma in the 17th Century, it was destroyed and fell into ruin, leaving crumbling remains that have become a Unesco site.

Out of the ashes, however, a modern city has blossomed, becoming one of the main centres for Thailand's tech factories. Jonathan Head reports.

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