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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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