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