Viharn Mongkol Bophit, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Grand Palace
|UNESCO: Viharn Mongkol Bophit|
Viharn Mongkol Bophit
The large viharn, a place of the sacred Phra Mongkhon Bophit; bronze sitting Buddha is higher than 12 meters. This building has been restored and new designed by Prince Naris, the younger brother of King Rama V. He also designed the Marble Temple in Bangkok.
|Phra Mongkol Bophit|
Despite Phra Mongkhon Bopit is one the largest Buddha statue in the country.The Lord had moved many times. The bronze Buddha parts are removable and reassemble. In the early Ayutthaya the Lord was located outdoor. Then he was moved closer to the Wat Phra Si Sanphet. Viharn was burnt and heavily damaged during war in the second fall of Ayutthaya.
On 1957 AD (2500 BE), Department of Fine Arts has discovered a number of Buddha images restored in the arm of the Lord, the current display at the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum and Chandrakasem National Museum.
|UNESCO: Main Chedi, Wat Phra Si Sanphet|
Wat Phra Si Sanphet
This temple was the most important temple in Ayutthaya, located in the Grand Palace compound. The temple did not have monk quarter as well as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) in the Grand Palace, Bangkok, and Wat Phra Kaew, Kamphaeng PhetHistorical Park. It was the place for the royal ceremonies and kept the bone of royal family.
Layout of the temple was a rectangle. Viharn was home to the Phra Si Sanphet Dayan, the standing Buddha with 16 meters height. The core of the statue made of bronze covered with gold. During the second war, the Buddha was burnt for gold taking by Burmese, leaving only the bronze core. Currently the core is stored inside Phra Maha Chedi Si Sanphet Dayan at Wat Pho, Bangkok.
Behind the viharn, there are three large main chedis contained the bone of three kings. The subordinate chidis are collected other royal member bones. The survey found that the chedi vault was kept a seven-tier miniature chedi with Buddha relics inside.
|UNESCO: Grand Palace Ruin|
Sanphet Maha Prasat Throne Hall
However, records told that the most beautiful building was Sanphet Maha Prasat Throne Hall. King met his guests and arranged important ceremonies here.
Did you know?
Now you can see the scale-down Sanphet Maha Prasat at the Ancient City, Samut Prakarn. It is the centre of the Thai historic models, one of popular tourist’s attractions.
In addition if you go to Kanchana Buri, the model of Sanphet Maha Prasat and other Ayutthaya and Bago historic places are located at The Legend of King Naresuan Movie Site at Surasi Camp. It is constructed correctly from history and research. Open for public visit and exhibition. See www.prommitrstudio.com