Ayutthaya Temples Historical Park Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya Temples, the ancient Thai royal city of Ayutthaya is best known today for the many temple ruins in the historical park Ayutthaya. Every day, many day tourist from Bangkok come to the city to see the temples. A stay in Ayutthaya is also worthwhile. The Ayutthaya Historical Park is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but there are also some beautiful and interesting temples outside the park. Which of the hundreds of temples you can see during a stay or on a day tour in Ayutthaya, we tell you in this article. However, this is just a suggestion and you may like to spend more time on more temples in Ayutthaya.

Bangkok To Ayutthaya Train

The easiest way to get from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is by train from the Hua Lamphong railway station or the bus or minivan from the Mo Chit bus terminal. They drive both several times a day and so you are in about 1.5 hours in Ayutthaya. Also, you can, for example, arriving from Chiang Mai by train.

Another option would be the taxi from Bangkok, with which you can even do a day trip. With at least 700-800 baht (depending on negotiating skills) for one day, however, the most expensive option.

Overnight in Ayutthaya – our hotel tip

Baan Laimai Beach resort is located on the island part of Ayutthaya, near the historic history park. So it’s the perfect starting point to explore the temples of the old royal city. The rooms are nestled in a small garden area and feature free Wi-Fi, TVs, refrigerators and other amenities. Every night the hotel brings a small breakfast to the door. You can also hire a bike on-site to explore Ayutthaya Temples on two wheels.

Wat Lokayasutharam

Ayutthaya Temples: Wat Lokayasutharam is best known for its 42 meters long reclining Buddha statue. The temple is sometimes referred to as the Temple of the Dormant Buddha, on Thai Wat Phra Non.

Wat Lokayasutharam

No one can say exactly when this temple was built. However, due to the foundations around the reclining Buddha, it is believed that he was originally in a building. Today, apart from the big statue, not much is left of the temple complex. Incidentally, no opening hours are known for the Wat Lokayasutharam, so you can always visit him at any time. Admission is also free.

Wat Mahathat Bangkok

Built-in 1374 under King Borommaracha I, Wat Mahathat is still one of the highlights of Ayutthaya today. He was enlarged by his successor Ramesuan 1384, as this was staying as a monk on the spot. The central Prang was long considered the most important building of the temple, but collapsed in 1911 and was not rebuilt. Today you can still see the remains. In its time, Wat Mahathat was the holiest temple in Ayutthaya, until the city was largely destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. A highlight of Wat Mahathat is the Buddha-head grown into a fig tree. According to legend, the Burmans beheaded numerous statues to demonstrate their power. To save the severed head, the then residents of Ayutthaya buried this head. However, as nature would have it, a fig tree originated, in which it then grew.

Admission to Wat Mahathat is 50 baht and it is open to visitors from 8 am to 5 pm.

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

Wat Phra Si Sanphet was built in 1448 when the old royal palace was rebuilt. The Wat Phra Si Sanphet is thus considered a royal temple, which stands on the site of the old royal palace.

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The first two chedis were commissioned by King Ramathibodi II to save the ashes of his father and brother. The third chedi was not added until 1592. Incidentally, Wat Phra Si Sanphet was mainly used for royal ceremonies and was not inhabited by monks. Except for the three chedis, which were renovated in 1956, the Burmese destroyed almost everything in this temple in their conquest of Ayutthaya in 1767. You can visit him daily from 8 am to 5 pm. The entrance fee is 50 Baht.

Wat Nok

Right next to Wat Mahathat you will find the small ruin of Wat Nok. Here you can see the remains of a Prang and a prayer hall. It probably originated in the late Ayutthaya temples period. Some visitors consider him part of Wat Mahathat. You can visit Wat Nok 24 hours a day for free. Best in combination with the Wat Mahathat, because only a visit to the Wat Nok is not worth it in my opinion.

Wat Ratchaburana Ayutthaya Thailand

Wat Ratchaburana is one of Ayutthaya temples most famous temples next to Wat Mahathat and is not far from this one. It was built in 1424 to house the ashes of the then king’s brothers who killed each other in a duel. There are, however, several stories to establish and no one knows exactly which ones are true.

Wat Ratchaburana Ayutthaya Thailand

The main Prang is very well preserved and you can climb it and enjoy a great view from there. He is also the most popular photo subject of Wat Ratchaburana. The temple is open daily from 8:30 to 17:00 and costs 50 baht per person.

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