After the destruction of Ayutthaya in 1767 by the
Burmese, King Tak Sin the Great drove out the
invaders and reunified the country, establishing a
new capital at Thonburi, a strategic river port
town at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River.
After Tak Sin was deposed, Thong Duang was
chosen as king, known as Rama I, establishing
the Chakri Dynasty which continues to reign over
Thailand to this day. He moved the capital across
the banks of the Chao Phraya River to its present
location of Bangkok. The art of this period is
known as the Rattanakosin style, although it is
also referred to as the Bangkok style. Naturally,
Rattanakosin art carried on many of the
traditions of the Ayutthayan style, thereby
establishing a link with the past.