Other Historical Sites: Ayutthaya

Major Attractions

Wat Na Phra Men
Wat Chai Watthanaram
Wat Phanan Choeng
Wat Yai Chaimongkol
Wat Phutthai Sawan
Chao Sam Phraya National Museum
Royal Elephant Kraal

Wat Na Phra Men
500 years old temple built on 1503 AD. The only temple has been survived from Burmese troop in perfect condition. It was the enemy's base on the river bank used to attack the grand palace.

Authentic Ayutthaya: Ubosot, Wat Na Phra Men
Ubosot
Architecture from early Ayutthaya is outstanding with wooden carved gable in form of Vishnu on Garuda with Naka and Rahu under his feet. Ubosot is 50 meters long, without windows, but the light come through the outlets. The columns are decorated with lotus-bud head with genuine Ayutthaya style. The ceiling is the gilded carved wooden of star pattern.

Authentic Ayutthaya: Buddha in Regal Attire
Principal Buddha
He is the most beautiful and largest Buddha with regal attire in the country with 6 meters high, 4.40 meters wide. The Buddha with regal attire is the original Ayutthaya art. It is Devaraj concept which trying to merge the king with religion.

Khantararat Sitting Buddha, Little Viharn
Little viharn 
It is located on the left side of ubosot. It is the home of green stone Buddha in sitting posture with hanging legs. He is one of five Buddha images created in Khantararat art style, Dvaravati in Thailand.

Travel Tip
Wat Na Phra Men First
To fulfill your imagination please visit Wat Na Phra Men before you go to any ancient sites. The ubosot of temple is the original Ayutthaya architecture in good condition. Helpful to understand the historical ruins in glorious days. 

Main Prang, Wat Chai Watthanaram
Wat Chai Watthanaram
This temple was built along the river outside the city of Ayutthaya. On the occasion of King Prasat Thong overcome Cambodia (Phnom Penh) on 1630 AD, approximately 380 years ago.

Architecture
Show ways to model the universe in Buddhism by using the model of Angkor Wat. The main prang consist of subsidiary prangs and 8 chambers surrounded by a balcony. Each chamber enshrine double sitting Buddha in regal attire in Rueankaew frame, but few figures remain. There are traces of mural paintings and carved-wooden ceilings. And 120 Buddha images placed along the balcony.

On river bank opposite the temple is Siriyalai Palace of Her Majesty the Queen.

Travel Tip
In addition to cycling or charter Froggy Tuk Tuk across the bridge to the temple. You can take a boat along the river. This method you can see other temples located on the waterfront also. There are several boat operators service on different piers.


Big Buddha, Wat Phanan Choeng
Wat Phanan Choeng
Old temple built before the founding of Ayutthaya 26 years, nearly 700 years ago, located just outside the old city. The legend told that it was created by King Sai Nam Phueng. (No title in the history of Thailand).

People come here to pay homage to Luang Pho To (Big Buddha); sitting Buddha 19 meters tall, the largest in the country. He is also highly esteemed by the Chinese. There are four annual events to celebrate such as Chinese New Year and Songkran Festival.

Also in the ubosot enshrine the Sukhothai Buddha images made of gold, and electrum. They were covered by concrete to hide the enemy during the second war with Burmese and were discovered later.

Wat Yai Chaimongkol

Wat Yai Chaimongkol

Wat Phutthai Sawan
Wat Phutthai Sawan

Chao Sam Phraya National Museum
Chao Sam Phraya National Museum
The centre of artifacts discovered in the province of Ayutthaya since the Srivijaya, Lopburi, Chiang Saen, Sukhothai, Ayutthaya and Rattanakosin. Such as Buddha images, potteries, wooden carvings, jewelries, and coins.

Highlight
Rooms display artifacts found from Wat Mahathat and Wat RatBurana.
Wat Mahathat Room: Describes the procedure containing the Buddha relics and show the relics casket.
Wat Rat Burana Room: Shows king's royal utensils made of gold and gems with craftsmanship. Demonstrate the prosperity and wealth of the royal court of Ayutthaya.


Royal Elephant Krall Pavilion
Battle on the Elephant's Back Replica
Royal Elephant Kraal
In the past, Thai people used elephants as vehicle in routine life or in battle field or work in the forest. Elephants are very important. They had to catch and train wild elephants for working regularly.

Elephant kraal is located not far from the old city in the north. The king came here to see the catching wild elephant rite. It consists of the pavilion, strong wooden fences and small sala is located in the middle of courtyard for mahout.

Currently this place is the kraal that inherited the value of elephant like in the past. Even though we don't catch the wild elephants and fight on their back anymore.

***Updated 11 Jan, 2014***

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