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Thing to do in Ayutthaya province of Thailand

Ayutthaya province located about 53 miles or 85 km away from Bangkok. You can drive or take a bus from Bangkok to Ayutthaya about 1 hour and can make 1 day trip sightseeing. In Ayutthaya that when you arrive to this place. You can also rent a bike and ride around. Bikes rent for around 50 Baht (1.30 USD) per day which makes bike touring an inexpensive way to see the city. Bikes can be rented in different locations on Soi. 2 Naresuan Road.

Ayutthaya is old capital of Thailand and also known as the Kingdom of Siam from year 1350 until year 1767. During Ayutthaya period was war and this place become largely destroyed by the Burmese. But now this place is a UNESCO World Heritage site which have full of intact temples, monasteries, palace ruins and beheaded Buddhist statues. In Ayutthaya have temples more than 6 temple such as Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Mongkhon Bophit, Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, Wat Mahathat, Wat Phra Ram, Wat Ratchaburana, and more. This is some place that you may want to visit.

Note that word of “Wat” in Thai is mean temple.

1. Wat Phra Si Sanphet also known as วัดพระศรีสรรเพชญ์. The temple was the most important temple during the Ayutthaya period of Kingdom. Wat Phra Sri Sanphet located in Pratu Chai subdistrict, Phra Nakorn Si Ayutthaya district, Ayutthaya province and open from 8 am to 6 pm. This is the former royal temple in ancient time and built around the year 1492 by Royal Highness. The temple served to conduct ceremonies within the royal court such as the ritual to drink an oath of allegiance. During the reign of Ramathibodi II an enormous Buddha image was cast. The Buddha image of Phra Sri Sanphetdayan is 16 meters high and its surface is coated with 143 kilograms of gold. It had been enshrined inside the assembly hall until the fall of Ayutthaya in 1767 when the Burmese invaded and melted the gilded gold away. The Buddha image was seriously damaged in the Rattanakosin period Phra Bat Somdet Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke installed the broken core of Phra Sri Sanphetdayan in a pagoda inside. At the heart of the temple have three adjacent Ceylonese (or bell-shaped) pagodas situated on rectangular platforms. It is believed that these platforms were the base of royal houses in the Ayutthaya period. Currently this temple is regarded as the symbol of Ayutthaya province.

2. Wat Mongkhon Bophit or Wat Aram Luang lso known as วิหารพระมงคลบพิตร. The temple located at Pratu Chai Sub-district, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province on South of Phra Sri Sanphet Temple. The main highlight is old temple in the city wall. That has been well restored inside the temple. There is Phra Mongkhon Bophit (Monk Mongkhon Bophit statue) as the large president of the Buddha statue had been damaged since the loss of Ayudhya II during the war.

3. Wat Yai Chai Mongkol formerly known as “Pa Kaew Temple” or “Wat Chao Tai” is located in Khlong Suan Phlu Subdistrict, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province. The highlight of this temple is the large pagoda that is believed had been renovated in the reign of King Naresuan and inside the wall has discovered Chai Mongkol spell.

4. Wat Mahathat is one of the temples in the Ayutthaya Historical and is an important temple in the Ayutthaya period. Because it’s the temple that enshrines on the relics of the center city and the residence of the patriarch monk on Khawasiri position. The main prang collapsed during the Ayutthaya period but was restored. It collapsed again in year 1911 and only the foundation of the main prang remains to the present. The well known that this temple had image of the Head of Buddha within tree trunk and roots growing around it.

5. Wat Phra Ram or Rama Temple also known as วัดพระราม is temple that located outside the palace on the east side of Pratu Chai Sub-district, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province and opposite from Vihara Phra Mongkhon Bophit. The temple expected that had been built in year 1912 by King Ramesuan. Since he reigned initially and assumed that the construction was completed by successor of King Borom Rachathirat I during his second reign. The temple has been restored in the subsequent centuries. When you visit this temple then you will see a large pond in front of the temple and formerly named ‘Nong Sono’.

6. Wat Ratchaburana also known as วัดราชบูรณะ is a Buddhist temple in the Ayutthaya province of Thailand. The temple’s has main prang that is one of the finest in the city. This place located in immediately north of Wat Mahathat which is in Tha Wasukri Sub-district. At the foot of the forest charcoal bridge next to the Mahathat Temple. The temple is from the ancient palace as largest and oldest temples in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya. It’s built by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn II or Chao Sam Phraya in year 1967.

This is some place that you can visit in Ayutthaya but not only temple you can see. In this province also have market both on day and night market or even you visit temple and on the way back to the street. You can look for market as well. They have many kind of food such as candy, dry foods, fresh foods, drinks, toy, and souvenir.

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