Ayutthaya, Thailand

Touring Ayutthaya Wats - Wat Phra Mahathan, Wat Ratburana and Wat Phra Si Sanphet.

Wat Maha That, Ayutthaya - Thailand. Wat Maha That

Sightseeing within the central area of Ayutthaya adjacent to Phram Park, Thailand.

Three of the main sites to visit on an Ayutthaya tour are Wat Phra Mahathan (Wat Maha That), Wat Ratburana and Wat Phra Si Sanphet - these large temple complexes are on the edge of Phram Park and are the main sites that organised day trips usually go too.

Wat Maha That - (Great relic Chedi or Wat Phra Mahathan) at Ayutthaya in Thailand..

Wat Maha That, Ayutthaya, Thailand. Wat Maha That Wat Maha That Wat Maha That
Wat Maha That is located to the east of the Grand Palace within a huge and now very dusty area and was one of the most important royal temple sites in Ayutthaya. The Mahathat Chedi was built during the reign of Phra Borom Rajathirat in the late 14th century to house the remains of the Buddha. This monastery was burnt and destroyed during the war between Ayutthaya and Burma in 1767 and has remained as ruins ever since. One of the features are the prangs which lean in all directions and also the numerous headless Buddha's which are scattered all over the site. Don't miss the head in the tree!
Wat Maha That Wat Maha That prangs, Ayutthaya - Thailand. Wat Maha That Wat Maha That

Wat Ratchaburana Prangs, Ayutthaya - Thailand. Wat Ratchaburana Chedi, Ayutthaya, Thailand.

Wat Ratburana at Ayutthaya in Thailand.

Just across the road from Wat Maha That, the Wat Ratburana was built by King Borom Rajathirat II (Chao Samphraya) in memory of his elder brothers Ay and Yi who killed each other over succession to the throne - leaving Borom as King. There are four bell shaped Chedi which lean out from the main prang - some of the original carvings can still be seen.
Wihan Luang at Wat Ratchaburana, Ayutthaya - Thailand. Prangs at Wat Ratchaburana, Ayutthaya, Thailand. Another Ayutthaya Prang - Thailand Wat Ratchaburana Phra Ubosot, Ayutthaya - Thailand.

Wat Phra Ram at Ayutthaya in Thailand.

Originally built in 1369 on the cremation site of King Ramathibodi but later renovated this corn shaped Prang is decorated with gargoyles, Nagas' and walking Buddha images. The Prang is surrounded by wihnas and a Bot - for some reason the large temple seems to attract very few visitors but is extremely nice to walk around. Wat Phra Ram is an elongated cone shaped tower with many Chedis and was built in 1912 B.E. partly by King Ramaseuan on the burial site of his father King Uthong but then completed by either King Borommarachathiraj 1 or his successor King Ramaseuan. Phra Prang Prathan (The Central Sanctuary). Orientated to the East this huge Prang is built of plaster and brick and decorated with a stucco pattern. It was constructed on a 3 storey square pedestal and only has one entrance which leads to the Central Sanctuary. Inside the Sanctuary are pictures of Lord Buddha sitting on the throne. On both sides of the Jaranam Arch there are decorations of Buddha images made from plaster. Phra Ubosot is orientated to the West and 17.5 metre square and houses a Buddha image made of plaster and brick.
Wat Phra Ram, Ayutthaya - Thailand. Wat Phra Ram chedi Wat Phra Ram Chedi, Ayutthaya, Thailand. Wat Phra Ram Phra Prang Pathan, Ayutthaya - Thailand.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet at Ayutthaya in Thailand.

Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit, Ayutthaya - Thailand. Wat Phra Sisanphet Chedi entrance, Ayutthaya - Thailand. The photo on the far right is of the Wihan Phra Monkhon Bophit which is on south side of Wat Phra Si Sanphet. Wat Phra Si Sanphet is a top locations for tourists and usually very busy. Wat Phra Si Sanphet was built on the site of a royal palace in 1448 by King Boroma-Tri-Loka-Nat and used for important royal ceremonies - also as the royal family's private chapel. The three Chedi were built later - two of them by King Ramathibodi II for the remains and in memory of his father and mother and the third Chedi was built for the ashes of King Ramathibodi II. The main Wihan once housed the largest Buddha image known - it was 16 metres high and covered in 173kgs of gold. This was destroyed when the Burmese finally conquered Ayutthaya in 1767. Rama I salvaged the pieces of the Buddha image and these were subsequently placed within the Chedi at Wat Pho.
Wat Phra Sisanphet, Ayutthaya - Thailand. Wat Phra Sisanphet Wihan Luang, Ayutthaya - Thailand. Wat Phra Sisanphet chedi, Ayutthaya, Thailand. Wat Phra Sisanphet at Ayutthaya in Thailand.

Wildlife and Wat Spotting at Phram Park, Ayutthaya, Thailand - with photos.

Ayutthaya's Phram Park is a lovely area to walk around and contains several small Chedi / temples.
Phram Park, Ayutthaya - Thailand. Wat Langkhadum, Ayutthaya, Thailand. Wat Langkhakhao within Phram Park at Ayutthaya - Thailand. Phram Park area in Ayutthaya
There are picturesque bridges and lakes - lots of seating areas and numerous birds and wildlife to watch whilst perhaps having a picnic break from sightseeing all those Temples and Wats.
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