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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.