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Important Temples Ayutthaya Historical Park

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We have visited most of the important temples around Ayutthaya Historical Park. Somehow we also managed to skip one or two. In any case, we advise that you need about two full days to cover most of the sites. This amount of time is the same whether you use a bike, a car, or a touring coach. Most visitors will only spend a few hours in the old capital, but this will not allow you to have a full overview of its culture and history.

The history and culture of Ayutthaya can be divided into three main period :
The Early Ayutthaya Period, the Middle Period, and the Late Ayutthaya Period.
From an architectural viewpoint, we can make simple distinction between the three periods. During the first period, the Prang (adapted from Khmer architecture) was the most prominent structure within the temple compound. During the middle period, the chedi (or stupa), often in Sri Lankan (rounded) style became the most visible monument. During the later Ayutthaya period, the Ubosoth or Coronation Hall became larger and larger, and while the prangs and chedis are still there, they are less prominent.
Please bear in mind, that quite a few of the older temples have been restored. Therefore elements of newer architecture may be seen in the older temple compounds.

We visited the following wats (or temples) :

Most important temple compounds, rather 'must see' :

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Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya Wat Mahathat (early) - Famous Buddha Head in tree, lots of ruins.
Wat Ratchaburana, Ayutthaya
Wat Ratchaburana (early) - Impressive main prang, large compound.
Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Ayutthaya Wat Phra Si Sanphet (middle period) - Three large Chedis
Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, Ayutthaya Wat Yai Chai Mongkol (chedi middle period) - Large Chedi, Reclining Buddha
Wat Chai Wattanaram, Ayutthaya Wat Chai Wattanaram (late period) - Prang and Towers (we think it is the most impressive temple compound in Ayutthaya)
Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya Wat Phanan Choeng (buildings contemporary) - Huge ancient Buddha Image, very busy wat.
Recommended :
Wat Phutthai Sawan, Ayutthaya Wat Phutthai Sawan (early) - Whitewashed prang, Reclining Buddha
  Wat Phra Ram (early) - Large prang
Wat Na Phramen, Ayutthaya
Wat Na Phramen (late) - Interesting old Buddha Images
Wat Choeng Tha, Ayutthaya Wat Choeng Tha (late) - Prang, interesting quiet site.
Wat Suwan Dararam, Ayutthaya Wat Suwan Dararam ('modern period') - Mural Paintings
  Wat Mongkhon Bophit ('modern period') - Active wat, Large ancient Buddha Image.

Optional (surely still worth a visit!) :

Wat Thammikarat (middle) - Lion sculptures
Wat Kasattrathirat (late) - Whitewashed prang.
Wat Phu Khao Thong (late) - Large Chedi.
Wat Lokayasutharam (middle) - Large reclining Buddha.
Wat Som (early) - Prang, stuccos.
Wat Maheyong (middle) - Elephant sculptures.
Wat Sala Phun (late)
Wat Worachetharam (late) - Prang.

Add-on : The Prang in Khmer and Ayutthaya Architecture.

Prang at Wat Phutthai Sawan, early Ayutthaya period. 'Thai'-styled prang (rounded). The top of the prang tapers off gradually.


Images by G.V., Bangkok, copyrighted.


Ayutthaya Info, Getting Around, Travel Itinerary Suggestions

More Thai Cultural Heritage Sites (on other websites) :

History and Historical Monuments of Thailand

Historical Parks of Thailand :

Si Satchanalai
Kamphaeng Phet

Buddhist Temples in Bangkok (many pages)

Khmer Sanctuaries in Thailand :

Prasat Hin Phimai
Phanom Wan
Prasat Phanom Rung
Muang Tam
Phimai National Museum


Content, including images, by Guido Vanhaleweyk, Bangkok. Contact : gv@ayutthaya2020.com
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