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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.