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Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya

        Wat Chaiwatthanaram. It is located in Ban Pom Subdistrict, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province. On the west shore, outside the city island, along the Chao Phraya River. Wat Chaiwattanaram is a popular tourist destination in Ayutthaya, located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The Temple was built in B.E.1630 by King Prasat Thong to commemorate his mother, and its distinguishing feature is a massive center prang (Khmer-style pagoda) encircled by smaller prangs, signifying Mount Sumeru, the gods’ mountain.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram,Ayutthaya, Thailand

Wat Chaiwatthanaram history

       The king, Prasat Thong, built the temple in B.E.1630 as a testament to his mother’s residency in the area. It is named after a long-reigning and glorious era. Prince Damrong claimed it was created to commemorate Ayutthaya’s victory over Longvek. With a central prang of 35 meters and four smaller prangs. On a rectangular platform. Hidden doors with steep stairs lead to around halfway up. Eight chedi-shaped chapels surround the central platform, connected by a rectangular cross-shaped corridor (Phra Rabieng). The corridor was once roofed and opened inwards, but only the pillar foundations and the outside wall remain now. There were 120 sitting Buddha figures painted in black and gold along the wall.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram,Ayutthaya, Thailand

       The unusual shape of the eight chedi-like chapels They contained paintings on the inside and 12 reliefs on the outside showing scenes from Buddha’s life (Jataka), which must be “read” clockwise. Only pieces of painting and reliefs remain. These chedis had two sitting Buddha statues, and the four middle chedis had one large sitting Buddha statue, likewise in black and gold. Golden stars on black lacquer adorned the ceiling above the statues. The temple’s ordination hall stood outside the east corridors, near the river (Phra Ubosot). The king’s mother’s ashes were buried in two chedis north and south of the Ubosot. The temple was abandoned after the Burmese destroyed the old capital in 1767, including Wat Chai Watthanaram. Theft, the sale of ruined bricks, and the decapitation of Buddha sculptures were all prevalent. The Thai Department of Fine Arts began restoration work in 1987. It was publicized in 1992.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram,Ayutthaya, Thailand

Wat Chaiwatthanaram Architecture

inner base

       Wat Chaiwatthanaram. On the same base are the main and corner prangs. The main prang brought the early Ayutthaya pagoda form. But at Wat Chaiwatthanaram, the porch protruded considerably. A little chedi may have been affixed to the huge prang. The Chulamanee Pagoda atop Phra Sumen Mountain. A balcony with a roof surrounds the main prang. A wall of a religious space used to be gilded inside the balcony. In each of the eight directions, crematoriums were built, with Buddha images inside each one. The Ruean Kaew facade is completely lacquered and gold-gilded. The ceiling is also decorated with lacquered wood.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram,Ayutthaya, Thailand


       Phra Ubosot, outside the crematorium wall. Only the base remains. There are 12 wooden recessed chedis. Three tiers of walls encircle these ancient monuments, with little pagodas added later.


       Crematorium. Surrounded by eight pagodas, the crematorium’s walls are painted with a faded Kanok leaf. The crematorium’s outside wall has 12 faded stucco images of the Buddha’s life, which were visible 20 years ago. The crematorium is a castle with 7 storeys supporting the top. The origin of the name comes from the crematorium. The Ayutthaya royal funeral concept from Mount Phra Sumen. The stucco Buddha is inside Wat Chaiwatthanaram’s cremation. A big Buddha image, Phra Phuttha Nimit Wichit Marmoli Sri Sanphet Borom Trilokanat (Phuttha Nimit). It is assumed that it was extensively renovated during King Prasat Thong’s reign.


Wat Chaiwatthanaram,Ayutthaya, Thailand

How to travel to Wat Chaiwatthanaram

From Bangkok to Ayutthaya

– By private car from Bangkok to Phra Nakhon Si Ayuthaya There are various routes.

1. Drive through Pratunam Phra In on Highway 1 (Phahon Yothin Road). Then take Highway 32, then Highway 309 into Phra Nakhon Si Ayuthaya Province.

2. To cross the Nonthaburi or Nuan Chawee Bridges, take Highway 304 (Chaeng Watthana Road) or Highway 302 (Ngamwongwan Road). Continue on Highway 3111 until Sena District, then turn right. Take 3263 to Phra Nakhon Si Ayuthaya.

Travelers can use Google Maps to find more suitable routes.

Travel by Van.

To get to Ayutthaya, tourists can take a bus from Bangkok. The fare to Future Park Rangsit starts at 60 baht, depending on distance and pick-up spot.

Travel by train.

From Hua Lamphong Station, take the train north. Exit at Phra Nakhon Si Ayuthaya. Trains run daily from 04.20 A.M. until 10.45. P.M. Trains in the third class start at 15 baht. For further information, call 1690 or visit www.railway.co.th.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram,Ayutthaya, Thailand

Visiting Wat Chaiwatthanaram

-Own car Wat Chaiwatthanaram is outside Ayutthaya. via the Kasattrathirat Bridge path across the Chao Phraya river. Turn left when leaving the bridge. Then continue straight for 750 meters to the temple. (The temple has a parking lot.)

-Tuk-Tuk: In Ayutthaya, tuk-tuks cost 20-40 baht per person, depending on distance. The hourly rate is roughly 200 baht.

-Grabcar, an Ayutthaya region ride-hailing system using the Grab smartphone. You can check the fare rate on the screen before calling the car to various locations. Grab is available at http://grb.to/2F9a2bx.


10 baht Thai, 50 baht foreign, or a combo ticket of 40 baht Thai/230 baht. This pass allows access to the historical park’s temples and monuments. 30 days.

Important facts to know:

Visitors should dress modestly in sleeved shirts. Dress casually. And avoid wearing too-tight garments. Also, do not destroy or ruin the old place. including climbing and violating forbidden zones. From 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., different ancient sites in Ayutthaya Historical Park will be lighted.

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Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya

       This is a popular Ayutthaya temple for tourists. This antique temple, despite its appearance, is thought to date back to before Ayutthaya was founded. For a long time, the Chinese inhabited the neighborhood where this temple is located. Almost all Thais and Chinese-Thais come to Wat Phanan Choeng to worship the largest Buddha image in Ayutthaya, Phra Phuttha Trairatana Nayok, also known as Luang Pho To Buddha Image or Sam Po Kong Buddha Image in Chinese. Wat Phanan Choeng Worawiharn is located on the south bank of the Pasak River, opposite the main city, in Khlong Suan Plu Subdistrict. Wat Phanan Choeng may be found on the right after turning left from Wat Yai Chai Monkon about a kilometer.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

History of Wat Phanan Choeng

       Wat Phanan Choeng has a long and illustrious history. The construction began before the city of Ayutthaya was founded. It’s impossible to say who made it because there’s no definite evidence. Lord Sai Nam Phueng (Phra Chao Sai Namphung), according to the Northern Chronicles, was the founder and granted the name “Wat Chao Phra Nang Choeng,” as well as the old royal chronicles. The Buddha image was established in B.E.1867, according to Luang Prasert Aksornnit, which was 26 years before King U-Thong founded Ayutthaya. Luang Pho Sam Po Kong, a big Buddha image and the largest in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya was a stucco Buddha image in Buddha overcoming temptations, with a lap width of 20 meters and a height of 19 meters. It had been destroyed in the city’s trash, but it had been restored throughout. Until the time of King Mongkut of Rattanakosin, who ordered the restoration of the Buddha’s entire body in B.E.1851 and renamed him “Phra Buddha Trirattana Nayok,” or “Luang Pho Sam Po Kong” among Thai Buddhists of Chinese heritage.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       “Phanaeng Choeng” means “cross-legged sitting.” As a result, “Phanan Choeng Temple” (Wat Phra Naeng Choeng or Wat Phra Chao Phanaeng Choeng) refers to the temple in Luang Por To where the Buddha image is seated in the position of “Buddha conquering temptations.” Another temple legend is “Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak,” according to which the queen sat cross-legged while Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak resisted her death. They used to call the temple because Chinese people like to sit cross-legged rather than squat. Some people refer to it as “Wat Phra Nang Au Choeng” because of the cause of her death; however, if the temple’s name is translated as “Wat Phanan Choeng,” it refers to a temple with a sitting Buddha image, which is “Luang Por To.”

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Luang Pho To of Wat Phanan Choeng

       “Luang Pho To” or “Phra Buddha Trirattana Nayok,” a Buddha image in U-Thong art at the end, in the position of Buddha defeating temptations, cross-legged, lap-size 14.20 meters wide, 19.20 meters high, gold-lacquered stucco material Since the inception of the city, Luang Pho To has been recognized as an old amulet of Ayutthaya. According to the Ancient Documents of Luang Prasert Aksornnit, it was built in B.E.1868 or during King Ramathibodi I’s reign. According to legend, when the enemy conquered Ayutthaya, Luang Por To wept. Luang Por To, also known as “Sampokong” among Chinese people, is one of the most recognized people in the country. Every year, a large number of Chinese people, in addition to Thais, come to worship.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Golden Buddha statue in Wat Phanan Choeng

       The golden Buddha image, cement buddha, and Naga buddha are all major Buddha images in Wat Phanan Choeng’s ubosot. The first was constructed of bronze during the Sukhothai period, with a lap width of 3 cubits and a height of 4 cubits with a bright golden color reflecting beautifully. The middle one is an Ayutthaya era stucco Buddha image with a lap width of 4 cubits and a height of 5 cubits. The most recent Buddha image was a reddish-colored Sukhothai-era Buddha image with a lap width of 3 cubits and a height of 5 cubits.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

        This golden and Naga Buddha figure was recently discovered by chance, according to legend, because it was initially plastered with plaster until it resembled a general stucco Buddha image. The reason for this is most likely because Ayutthaya was invaded by the enemy in the past. People feared that the golden Buddha image and the Naga Buddha image might be stolen or burned back then. While the mortar was still wet, the gold was plastered to create a robe and various elements such as Sculpture the Buddha’s face and hair to show that it wasn’t a golden Buddha and a Naga Buddha image. Due to the crumb of cement that had been split out and the interior was gold, it was not realized until later that it was a golden Buddha image. As a result, the cement was gradually chipped away, revealing a golden Buddha picture ensconced within the temple’s chapel.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak

       Aside from Luang Pho To, which is a centerpiece of the temple, many people visit every day to worship. In the pre-Ayutthaya era, there is also “Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak Shrine” or “Mae Soi Dok Mak Shrine,” which is a memorial to love that ended in tragedy. Many individuals wish to pray for the blessing of love in their worship. According to the tradition of the Northern Chronicles, the King of Krung Jean (China) Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak had an adopted son named Soi Dok Mak by Jan Mak when she was a young woman with a beautiful appearance. The king of Ayodhya (Ayutthaya), according to the fortuneteller, would be her spouse. As a result, King Krung Jean had a royal message for King Sai Nam Phueng to deliver.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       After hearing the royal message, King Sai Nam Phueng traveled by boat to Krung jean. The King of Krung jean was overjoyed. As a result, he was given the task of organizing a procession to welcome Phra Chao Sai Nam Phueng into the palace, as well as the coronation of Phra Nang Soi Dok Mai as his bride. King Sai Nam Phueng returned to the city after paying his respects to King Krung Jean. As a result, King Krung Jean provided 5 junk boats and 500 Chinese workers talented in various disciplines to return to Ayothaya. When the king arrives at “Mae Bia Pak Nam,” which is near “Laem Bang Kacha” (in front of Wat Phanan Choeng at present), King Sai Nam Phueng was the first to arrive in the city, preparing the palace for the arrival of Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak. When Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak did not see King Sai Nam Phueng pick her up in the morning welcoming procession, she became enraged


Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       As a result, she refused to get off the boat, claiming, “It’s difficult to travel to the city; why didn’t the king come to take me up when I arrived at the palace?” I’m not going anywhere till he comes to pick me up.”  “If she has already arrived, stay there as she pleases,” King Sai Nam Phueng responded, thinking she was joking. The monarch then came to fetch her up on his own when he boarded the junk where Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak was staying. As a result, she had a lot of complaints to make to him. King Sai Nam Phueng was perplexed as a result. “Stay here if you don’t want to get up.” Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak misunderstood what he said. She misunderstood what he meant to say and resolved to kill herself on the royal barge at Pak Nam Mae Bia until she died. It was king Sai Nam Phueng’s deep sadness that he kindly brought the body to the royal fire at Laem Bang Kacha and constructed a monastery there called “Wat Phra Chao Phra Nang Choeng” or “Phanaeng Choeng,” which means “the touchy queen.” The king then authorized the construction of Mae Soi Dok Mak Shrine to memorialize her love. From before the Ayutthaya era until the present day, this temple has served as a reminder of Thailand’s long-standing friendship with China. There are additional events to keep Chinese traditions alive, such as the pouring of baskets and cleaning the Chinese cemetery, among others.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       Chinese architecture and art are abundant at the Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak Shrine. Pei Niang is inscribed in Thai and Chinese characters on the placard in front of the temple. It signifies “grieving girl” when translated separately, but “merciful mother” when translated together. The shrine is a two-story brick structure with intricate stucco decorations. The owner of the property is on the ground floor, while the goddess Guan Yin, Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak’s idol, is on the second floor. It also houses a Chinese-style statue of Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak, which the Chinese hold in high regard. Almost everyone came to the temple to cover Luang Pho To’s riches, and they also had to show homage to Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak. This shrine also houses an antique anchor, which is thought to be the anchor of the Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak vessel. For a long time, people have spoken about Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak’s purity and supernatural power. She is claimed to be monogamous, devoting all of her affection to King Sai Nam Phueng and forbidding any man from touching her statue under any circumstances.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       A man came to clean the image of Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak decades ago. When the man came home, he appeared to be in excruciating pain and died for unknown causes. In the past, there was a scenario identical to this where two men came to polish her picture and died quickly. Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak was known to be dissatisfied, and she still refuses to let any man touch her image. There will be a ceremony to worship Mae Soi Dok Mak Shrine when a Chinese opera is performed in the ninth month at Wat Phanan Choeng. The incense burner is the sole thing summoned to the outdoors during the shrine’s ritual procession. People who are Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak mediums from all around the world will attend this event. It is believed that Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak, a medium who typically can not speak Chinese, was able to speak Chinese astoundingly well.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       Previously, the shrine’s whole staff was made up of Chinese people who could listen and speak the language fluently. They asserted “Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak used to come here and inquire for old treasures that she had acquired from China. What happened to it and where is it now?” Furthermore, every member of the shrine’s management team had already witnessed Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak. She is dressed in white Chinese clothing and has a stunning face.

       The holiness of Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak is still revered today. Those who come to the shrine and express a wish, such as requesting a child, life success, or love, are frequently granted their wishes. They return to Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak with pearl necklaces, cosmetics, and lion dances when they have obtained everything they require. The legend of Prince Sai Nam Phueng and Queen Soi Dok Mak is also a legend of Wat Phanan Choeng Worawihan’s building, leading people to believe that Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak can inspire individuals who pay tribute to realize their goals in every way.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Travel to Wat Phanan Choeng

Getting to Ayutthaya from Bangkok

-Private cars from Bangkok, can travel to Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province. There are several routes as follows.

1. Take Highway No. 1 (Phahon Yothin Road) through Pratunam Phra In. Then turn left onto Highway No. 32, turn left onto Highway No. 309, into Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province.

2. Take Highway No. 304 (Chaeng Watthana Road) or Highway No. 302 (Ngamwongwan Road), turn right onto Highway No. 306 (Tiwanon Road) and cross the Nonthaburi Bridge or Nuan Chawee Bridge. to Pathum Thani Province, continue with the route Pathum Thani-Samkhok-Sena (Highway 3111) turning right at Sena District. Take Highway No. 3263 to Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province.

Travelers can check more suitable routes from the Google Map application.

– Van. Tourists can take a Bangkok-Ayutthaya van at Mo Chit Bus Terminal. Or at the Future Park Rangsit shopping mall, the fare starts at 60 baht, depending on the distance and the pick-up point.

– Train Visitors can use the train that runs north from Hua Lamphong Station. Get off at Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Station The trains are available daily from 04.20 A.M. 10.45 P.M. Fares start at 15 baht for third-class trains. Tourists can contact the State Railway of Thailand for more information at 1690 or visit www.railway.co.th.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

How to get to Wat Phanan Choeng

– private car Wat Phanan Choeng is located outside the island of Ayutthaya. from the island of Ayutthaya Drive to the Chedi Wat Sam Pluem Roundabout. Turn left until you see Wat Yai Chaimongkol. Then turn right and drive straight to find Wat Phanan Choeng by the river.

– Tuk-Tuk: In Ayutthaya, there are tuk-tuks available at a rate of 20-40 baht per person, depending on the distance. For chartering a car: The cost of renting a tuk-tuk per hour is around 200 baht.

– Grabcar: The Ayutthaya area has a ride-hailing system through the Grab application. You can check the fare rate each time on the screen before you click to call the car to various places. Tourists can download the Grab app at http://grb.to/2F9a2bx.

Buying tickets for Thai nationals is free. Foreigners have an entrance fee of 20 baht.

Address: Moo 2, Khlong Suan Phlu Subdistrict, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/BArmRHdvmvzToTb87

Open for viewing: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Website : https://www.facebook.com/Wat Phanan Choeng Worawihan

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Wat Yai Chaimongkol, Ayutthaya

       Wat Yai Chaimongkol is considered the most important historical temple in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province, as well as one of the most popular tourist temples. As a result, it is common to see a large number of tourists visiting this temple. This Wat Yai Chaimongkhon is notable for its historical story from the Ayutthaya period, as well as its outstanding architecture. See Ayutthaya’s tallest chedi. The palace of King Naresuan the Great is located behind the temple. People are welcome to come and worship. In addition, there is a lovely garden in the surrounding area where you can unwind. Tourists who wish to visit Ayutthaya should not pass it up.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon (Chai Mongkhon Temple), Ayutthaya, Thailand

Wat Yai Chaimongkol's History

       It is one of Thailand’s oldest temples. It was constructed during the reign of King Ramathibodi I, also known as King U-Thong, the founder of Ayutthaya, in the early Ayutthaya period. According to legend, in 1357, King U-Thong ordered the exhumation of Chao Kaew’s body from his grave after he died of cholera, and the body was burned. Following that, the site was transformed into a monastery known as “Wat Pa Kaeo.” Later, the monks were ordained by the Rattana Maha Thera in Sri Lanka, returning to the temple. The people of Ayutthaya held high regard for these monks. As a result, more people are flocking to Wat Pa Kaew to be ordained. The King U-Thong Monastery So he appointed Somdej Phra Wanratana as the temple’s abbot.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon (Chai Mongkhon Temple), Ayutthaya, Thailand

A significant episode in the history of Wat Pa Kaew

       The temple’s ubosot used to be where a group of people planned to eliminate Khun Worawongsathirat and Thao Srisudachan. Their plan was successful at the time, so he invited Phra Thienracha to ascend the throne, naming the Great King, B.E. 2104. During the King’s reign, a royal command was issued to the Patriarch of Wat Pa Kaew to carry out the sentence. The base was dedicated to the auspicious occasion of Phra Srisin’s rebellion in B.E. 2135. There was a significant event that leads us to believe that the main chedi of the temple was built to commemorate the king’s victory over the Viceroy of Burma. As a result, it is thought that the name Wat Yai Chaimongkol derives from this.

       Interest point Chedi Chaimongkol, a monument to King Naresuan the Great’s great victory over Mangayo Java, Viceroy of Hong Sawadee in Nong Sarai Subdistrict, Suphan Buri Province. Burmese troops had crossed the border into Khanthasima at the time. King Naresuan and his younger brother, Somdej Thotsarot, led the army to battle and drove the elephant into the enemy’s encirclement, while the enemy attempted to fire on the king. Because the generals were unable to catch up with the king in time, the king declared loudly, “Lord, we will stand in the shade of the tree and invite us to come out and do the battle together to be honored in the land.” No king would be able to win battles in the future. The viceroy of Burma, an occult elephant, came out to fight alongside King Naresuan in the battle of that time, and King Naresuan was able to defeat the enemy commander.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon (Chai Mongkhon Temple), Ayutthaya, Thailand

       When the king returned to Siam, he punished the soldiers who did not follow the king during the battle in accordance with the rules and had to face the death penalty. In the period of criminal waiting for punishment, Somdej Phra Panrat, the Buddhist supreme patriarch of Buddhist priests, asked the king to pardon all soldiers, along with 25 monks. By claiming that he was compared to Lord Buddha, who was surrounded by a swarm of demons before attaining enlightenment. It is the honor and prestige of his bravery and adaptability that will spread throughout the land. Please construct a larger pagoda to symbolize his victory and mercy in order to save those soldiers’ lives. The pagoda was given the name “Chedi Chai Mongkhon” by the King.


Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon (Chai Mongkhon Temple), Ayutthaya, Thailand

Getting from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

       From Bangkok, a private car can take you to the province of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya. There are several options, as shown below. Drive past Pratunam Phra In on Highway No. 1 (Phahon Yothin Road). Then take Highway No. 32, then Highway No. 309 into Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province. Take Highway 304 (Chaeng Watthana Road) or Highway 302 (Ngamwongwan Road), then turn right onto Highway 306 (Tiwanon Road) and cross the Nonthaburi or Nuan Chawee Bridges. To reach Pathum Thani Province, take the Pathum Thani-Samkhok-Sena (Highway 3111) route and turn right at Sena District. Take Highway No. 3263 to the province of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon (Chai Mongkhon Temple), Ayutthaya, Thailand

Travelers can use the Google Maps application to find more suitable routes.

       By van: Tourists can catch a Bangkok-Ayutthaya van at the Mo Chit Bus Terminal or the Future Park Rangsit shopping mall; the fare starts at 60 baht, depending on the distance and pick-up point.

       By train: Visitors can take the train from Hua Lamphong Station to the north. Take the train to Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Station. The trains run daily from 04.20 a.m. to 10.45 p.m., with fares starting at 15 baht for third-class trains. For more information, tourists can call the State Railway of Thailand at 1690 or visit www.railway.co.th.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon (Chai Mongkhon Temple), Ayutthaya, Thailand

What is the best way to get to Wat Yai Chaimongkol?

-a private vehicle Wat Chaiwatthanaram is located on the outskirts of Ayutthaya. Using the path that connects the Kasattrathirat Bridge to the Chao Phraya River, turn left as you exit the bridge. Then drive straight for about 750 meters until you reach the temple. (A parking lot is available in front of the temple.)

-Tuk-Tuk: Tuk-tuks are available in Ayutthaya for 20-40 baht per person, depending on distance. in order to rent a car. The cost of renting a tuk-tuk for an hour is approximately 200 baht.

– Grabcar, Ayutthaya, has a ride-hailing system via the Grab app. Before you click to call the car to various locations, you can always check the fare rate on the screen. Tourists can get the Grab app by going to http://grb.to/2F9a2bx.

Wat Yai Chaimongkol is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission: There is no charge to visit.

All year round is the best time to travel.

Location: Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province, Khlong Suan Phlu Subdistrict

Location on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/isqkPEhTsCXvH7tu6

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/watyai

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Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Ayutthaya

       One of the World Heritage Sites is Wat Phra Sri Sanphet. The former royal temple in the province of Ayutthaya. It is the former royal temple of Ayutthaya’s historic palace. Somdej Phra Borommatrailokkanat constructed it around 1492. The three Lanka-shaped chedis that tower tall at Wat Phra Si Sanphet are a major attraction. It is a significant historical landmark in Thailand with a magnificent appeal.

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Wat Phra Si Sanphet story

       Wat Phra Si Sanphet, like Wat Phra Kaeo in Bangkok, was built inside the Grand Palace enclosure in 1491 and served as the royal chapel. Its foundations can be seen today. King U-Thong built Wang Lung Palace (Royal Palace) when the city was founded. Originally a residential palace, it was converted to a monastery during King Ramathibodi I’s reign. This residential palace was changed into a temple and the establishment of Wat Phra Si Sanphet when King Borom Trai Lokanat ordered the construction of new living quarters. This was the city’s largest temple during Ayutthaya’s glory days. The ashes of three Ayutthaya monarchs are kept in the three principal chedis that have been repaired. The temple is located at Si Sanphet Road’s northern end. There are no monks or novices living in the royal chapel.

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       Wat Phra Sri Sanphet lies in the Pratu Chai subdistrict of Ayutthaya province’s Phra Nakorn Si Ayutthaya district. For a long time, the temple has been considered not just a major historical place, but also the spiritual core of Thais. Wat Phra Sri Sanphet is the royal monastery on the grounds of the royal palace, and no monks are permitted to live there. The temple, on the other hand, was used to hold royal court ceremonies, such as the pledge of allegiance drinking ceremony. It is also recognized as a model for Wat Phra Sri Ratana Sasadaram (the royal temple of the Emerald Buddha) or Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok, and as an equivalency to Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai.

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       Somdet Phra Ramathibodi I, or King U-thong, ordered the construction of his royal residence in this region, but when Somdet Phra Borom Tilokkanat succeeded in the throne, he pondered moving the royal palace north and transforming the territory into sacred ground, which later became this temple. A large Buddha image was cast under the reign of Ramathibodi II. Phra Sri Sanphetdayan’s Buddha image stands 16 meters tall and is covered with 143 kilos of Thai gold. It had been kept inside the assembly hall until 1767, when the Burmese stormed Ayutthaya and melted the gilded gold away. The Buddha image had been severely damaged, so during the Rattanakosin period, Phra Bat Somdet Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke installed the broken core of Phra Sri Sanphetdayan in a pagoda inside Wat Phra Chetupon Vimolmangkalararm Rajvoramahaviharn in Bangkok, and named the pagoda Chedi Sri Sanphetdayan.

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       The temple repair was first ordered by Somdet Phrachaoyuhua Borommakot. During the reign of Phrabat Somdet Phra Chulachomklao Chao Yuhua (King Rama V), the regional intendant, Phraya Boran Rachathanin, discovered a sizable collection of antiquities in the pagoda’s underground chamber, including Buddha statues and gold jewelry. Field Marshal P. Piboonsongkram then appointed a group to renovate the ruins until they were restored to their original state. This royal monastery has a vital place in art and archaeological history. The ruins still show how magnificent the land was at the time. Three adjacent Ceylonese (or bell-shaped) pagodas are set on rectangular platforms in the temple’s centre. These platforms are thought to have served as the foundation for royal houses during the Ayutthaya period. The temple is now known as the symbol of the province of Ayutthaya.


Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Ayutthaya, Thailand

How to travel to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

– By private car, drive from Bangkok along the Asian highway (Highway 32) to Ayutthaya, then through the roundabout and over the Pridi Banomyong Bridge. Continue straight until you reach Si Sanphet Road, then turn right and drive past the roundabout until you see the entrance to Wat Phra Si Sanphet.

– via bus Visitors can take a minivan to Ayutthaya and then rent a tuk-tuk for a full day trip. However, if you know how to ride a motorcycle, there will be a motorcycle rental shop near the bus terminal and in front of the train station.

– Via train Traveling by train is another option for tourists departing from Bangkok because it allows them to save money while also allowing them to observe the scenery on both sides of the river. Tourists can board the train at Hua Lamphong Railway Station. Every day, there is a train service that stops at Ayutthaya Railway Station. Then hire a tuk-tuk to take you there, or rent a motorbike to travel on your own.

         Entrance fee to Wat Phra Si Sanphet is 10 baht per adult for Thais and 50 baht for foreigners, or you can buy a combination ticket for visiting various temples around Ayutthaya Historical Park for 40 baht per person for Thais and 220 baht for foreigners. Children, students, and students do not have to pay admission.

call 0 3524 2284 or 0 3524 2286.

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