Portuguese Settlement

Portuguese Settlement, Ayutthaya

Portuguese Settlement
3.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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melkeet
Ipoh, Malaysia1,361 contributions
Jul 2019
We hired a Tuk Tuk, for a day, to visit all the ruins and sites off the island. This former Portuguese settlement, was on our route, so we decided to stop here. There was no one around when we reach this site. There was an area of excavation and a church named San Petro Church. There is a museum and an excavated pit of graves of buried Portuguese with the skeletons being preserved.
As you walk deeper, you will reach the river bank, with the Japanese village just across it. There was no entrance fee and we spend about 30 minits here.
Written June 30, 2020
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duncan e
Singapore119 contributions
Feb 2019 • Family
Interesting, but not really very interesting and quite amateurish. Very little to see. 10 mins and its over. Shame, it could be so much better.
Written May 8, 2019
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shlim45
Bangkok, Thailand58 contributions
May 2015 • Friends
The only sign of a Portuguese settle was the ruins of the foundation. A new building looking like a church is built beside this ruins but inside are actually dug-out remains of skeletons of Christian both Portuguese and local Thai on display with historical display boxes. Across the river is the Japanese village but there was no boat service in sight.
Written June 1, 2015
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Chris
St. Albans, UK4,443 contributions
Feb 2019
Although there is not much of the settlement left, it is interesting to walk round the church which has placards with all the information on them.

The Westerners who settled in Ayutthaya were invited to do so by the then King. Ayutthaya was the richest city in the whole of Asia due to the King’s welcoming of Free Trade and allowing various nations such as Japan, Portugal, Holland, England and even the French to build settlements so they could establish trading hubs.

The Church has a section of the floor which is open and one can see the graves of buried Portuguese with the skeletons being preserved.

Recommended for families and history buffs.
Written February 4, 2019
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Garry B
Inverloch, Australia378 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
We were visiting the many thai ruins and temples when we saw a directional sign - Portuges settlement 4 kls, so i wanted to visit something different. Inside the building built to commemorate the contribution that the Portugese gave to Thailand there are several story book displays outlining their input to architecture, buiding materials, weaponary, skills and trade. Also there is a revealed burial site with several skeletons being displayed. The old settlement ruins are featured nearby. The settlement swite has a direct access to the Chaophaya river where import and export once flourished. I believe many Portuges citizens would be interested but perhaps not many other apart from history freaks like me.
Written May 2, 2018
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Kevin in Paradise @ YouTube
Ayutthaya, Thailand36 contributions
Mar 2018 • Family
The story of why the Portuguese and other Europeans were here in Ayutthaya is very interesting. It was fun to walk around inside and see the digs there and read all the broads to learn what happened here all thse years ago. This settlement is just down the road from the Catholic Cathedral so you can see the two places at the same time.
Written December 2, 2018
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jobst56
Hamburg, Germany1,707 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
400 years ago the Portuguese were about the first to come to Ayutthaya kingdom: This hall, built on the ruins of a church and a cemetery, explains about their history. Especially interesting the part about Ayutthaya's sweets and desserts that wouldn't exist without the Portuguese.
Written January 14, 2018
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Mactaters
Glasgow68 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
The settlement was much further than shown on our map and we doubled back because we thought we'd walked past it. Its not walking distance though we did walk there because we thought it was closer. There was no signage to direct us except when we were less than 50 metres from the settlement. The settlement consists of the base foundations of the church and some excavated skeletons in the main building. There were some information boards with quite a lot of information on each but they repeated a lot of the information in different ways. Some of the boards were missing information. We saw no one here apart from a care taker who was busy watering plants. There is no snacks or water available so you would need to bring your own. Its small and would probably be only really interesting to someone who is studying either Thai or Portuguese history relating to Ayutthaya.
Written March 29, 2016
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fadanothai
Ayutthaya, Thailand519 contributions
Dec 2015 • Family
This is far from the city. It is by the river and very quiet. There is not much to see besides the skeletons of deceased Portuguese missionaries (perhaps merchants too?) and the foundations of their old building. A new small chapel is there and there are some interesting poster boards teaching history (in Thai and English)
Written February 9, 2016
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jobst56
Hamburg, Germany1,707 contributions
Dec 2015 • Solo
Not easy to find: On your way from Wat Chai Wattanaram along Wat Phutthaisawan follow the country road. Meanwhile it's signposted. About 4 kms from Wat Phutthaisawan.
You see an exhibition building built on top an excavation site full of skeletons. And quite instructive explanations (in English) about the Portuguese and the Ayutthayans.
Interesting is that a Portuguese lady with her (egg-based) sweets influenced Ayutthaya sweets to the day.
If you continue on that road you will pass through small villages with a majority of Muslims. Interesting to see how peaceful the religions co-exist here in Ayutthaya.
Written December 3, 2015
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