Ayutthaya Video Travel Guides

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The Historical Park at Ayutthaya close to Bangkok was the capital city from its founding in 1350 until it was destroyed in 1767 by the Burmese army. The city was restored during the 1970s and declared a UNESCO Heritage site in 1981.





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Wat Yai Chaimongkhon

Wat Yai Chaimongkhon is in the south east of the city. It's large chedi can be seen from quite a distance.

Walk around the Temple

Wat Yai Chaimongkhon

Wat Yai Chaimongkhon stands at the southeast part of Ayutthaya in Phai Ling sub-district at the ancient city of Ayodhaya. It is also called the “Great Monastery of Auspicious Victory”. Before, it used to bear the names Wat Pa Kaeo, Wat Chao Phraya Thai, and Wat Yai Chaya Mongkhon. The place was originally constructed to commemorate two princes of Ayutthaya who died of cholera back in 1357 namely Chao Kaeo and Chao Thai. It served as a cremation site with a stupa and viharn or a preaching hall. It was King Ramathibodhi who ordered Wat Yai Chaimongkhon be established and called it Wat Pa Kaeo or the Monastery of the Crystal Forest. This place became a home to Buddhist monks specifically the Sangha group.

It is in the time of King Naresuan that the monastery was restored and expanded in honor of their victory against the Burmese Army. This is when the place got its present name, Wat Yai Chaya Mongkhon.

The main chedi was also enlarged and it was named Phra Chedi Chaya Mongkhon. This chedi is the most popular feature of the place as well as one of the main landmarks of Ayutthaya. It rises for about 62.10 meters and is composed of 28,144 tons of bricks.

It is said to be one of the tallest one in Thailand. But this is not the only attraction in the place. It also has a very wonderful garden filled with tropical plants and also has and interesting temple full of Buddhist relics.

The Temple

Wat Yai Chaimongkhon

Inside Wat Yai Chaimonkhon, you will find the Wihan Phraphutthasaiyat or the monastery, and Ubosot or the ordination hall. The temple has a very impressive structure patterned at the traditional Thai architectural design.

The main chedi is situated on a square base with smaller versions at the corners. It contains very valuable Buddhist relics in the whole of Thailand like the Phuttha Chaiya Mongkhon in the ordination hall

. It is one of the most sacred images of Buddha in Ayutthaya. The temple became a home to Sangha Buddhist Monks in the past. Today, many devotees and travellers visit the place to pay their respects and to send their petitions.

The Temple Gardens

Wat Yai Chaimongkhon

The garden of the temple is a combination of green foliage and ancient remains.

Along the rectangular gallery, there is a row of sitting Buddhas. In the garden, you will also find the remains of the vihara as well as the vihara of the Reclining Buddha.

The garden is a beautiful site filled with tropical plants and interesting vestiges to view. You could take a nice stroll there and cherish once more the beauty of Wat Yai Chaimongkhon.


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Wat Maha That

Wat Maha That or the monastery of the great relic is located on the city island.

The Temple

Wat Maha That

Wat Maha That is considered the most sacred temple back in Ayutthaya’s golden period. It served as the royal temple and as the residence of the supreme patriarch. It is one of the most important ones because it served as the religious centre and is also the closest one to the grand palace.

Important royal celebrations were done in this temple. The temple even dates back before Bangkok was even established. It is actually situated in the eastern part of the grand palace in Ayutthaya. Like the other temples, Wat Maha That also has Buddhist relics. They can be found in the main pagoda of the temple. Wat Maha That, at one glance gives you an impression of going back to the past. It is surrounded by ruins and relics. In fact, Wat Maha That means “Monastery of the Great Relic”. It is located in the central island city of Ayutthaya in the sub-district of Tha Wasukri.

Wat Maha That, at one glance gives you an impression of going back to the past. It is surrounded by ruins and relics. In fact, Wat Maha That means “Monastery of the Great Relic”. It is located in the central island city of Ayutthaya in the sub-district of Tha Wasukri.

Today, the temple is still an important religious centre and is used as the headquarters of the largest monastic order in Thailand. Schools scatter in the area and it is also one of the few temples in Bangkok which offers meditation classes.

Walk around the Temple

Wat Maha That

At the back of the courtyard of the temple, there is a small spot for a garden filled with palm trees. Near that garden is a chapel. While in the courtyard itself you will find a row of Budhhas.

There is also this famous old tree which has wrapped around the remains of an image of Buddha. It is very interesting and looks a little bit mysterious. It made it seem like the image was really a part of the tree. It is a wonderful place to have a stroll and cherish the moment of being in Wat Maha That.


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Thanon Si Sanphet

The Thanon Si Sanphet was originally a residential palace and became a monastery later.

Phra Mongkhon Bophit

Thanon Si Sanphet

This modern monastery is just next to Wat Phra Si Sanphet. Phra Mongkhon Bophit has one of the biggest images of Buddha in Thailand.

Here you can witness the impressive beauty of a 15th century bronze casting. The Buddha image was said to be built in the time of King Chairacha for Wat Chi Chieng. From the outside to the inside of the structure the architectural design and the Buddhist statues are simply impressive.

The façade of the monastery looks like a combination of many red triangles adorned with bronze Thai architectural details with white rectangular walls that support them.

Wat Phra Si Sanpeth

Thanon Si Sanphet

Wat Phra Si Sanphet was named a national historic site. It resides in Ayutthaya’s World Heritage Park in the sub-district of Pratu Chai most specifically in the Royal Palace Grounds.

It is believed that the original size of the Royal Palace built by Prince U-Thong was the same as that of the Wat Phra Si Sanphet in the present. Now, only the ruins and the remaining structures of the temple stand there. There are two very important Buddha images that the temple shelters.

They are the Phra Buddha Lokanat or Protector of the World and the Phra Buddha Palelai. There are also three small chedis which contain the ashes of Thai Kings. They serve as the landmark of the place. It is actually considered the most important temple in Ayutthaya.

It was even only used by Ayutthayan Kings. Members of the religious order were not allowed in the place. They only get to visit through invitation to perform ceremonies. Wat Phra Si Sanphet is an impressive site, a nice place to have a taste of history.

Walk about the grounds

Thanon Si Sanphet

The garden is just like the typical gardens in Thailand living harmoniously with ancient ruins and impressive Buddha images.

The landscape is simply charming and adds up to the ambiance of the place. Gardens in Thanon Si Sanphet are usually filled with tropical plants with varying green hues and bear lovely flowers.

As Thanon Si Sanphet is filled with interesting historical treasures it would be nice to just walk around the garden while appreciating the place even more. The garden adds a calming tone to a place bustling with stories.


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Wat Chai Watthanaram

Maenam Chao Phraya is located on the banks of the River Maenam Chao Phraya.

The Temple

Wat Chai Watthanaram


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Sleeping Buddha

The enormous 37 metre by 8 metre reclining Buddha is part of the now ruined Wat Lokaya Sutha

The Buddha

Sleeping Buddha

Just near the Grand Palace stands the well-known Temple of the Reclining Buddha or the Sleeping Buddha. It is called Wat Pho in Thai. It is also known to be the biggest and oldest one in Bangkok, Thailand.

Here you will find the imposing statue of Buddha in a reclined position. Aside from this, there are also many smaller Buddha images in Wat Pho. In fact, they say that it has more Buddha images than any other temple in Bangkok. Interestingly, Wat Pho is claimed as the birthplace of the traditional Thai massage.

Wat Pho was actually not the original structure in the place where it stands. It was a product of a restoration of Wat Phodharam in 1788. Before the temple was built there, it was already the center of traditional Thai medicine education. But of course, the most interesting about the temple is the Sleeping Buddha or Reclining Buddha itself. The Sleeping Buddha us 46 meters long and 15 meters high. It is gold plated and adorned with mother-of-pearl in the eyes and soles of the feet. The feet are also designed with 108 scenes in observable impressive Chinese and Indian styles.

In general, Wat Pho is really a breath-taking place that you should not miss in Ayutthaya. It is very elegant and definitely fit for royalty.


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Bangkok Train

Take the train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, its cheap and an easy ride.

On the train

Bangkok Train

The travel time going to Bangkok from Ayutthaya or vice versa is about one and a half hour.

The fare is reasonable. It ranges from 15-66 Baht. It runs from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. There is a train available every hour. The Ayutthaya Railway Station is found in Phranakhon Sri Ayutthaya.

There are other transportation that can be used but a train could be a nice and fast way to travel.



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