Are you traveling to Ayutthaya in Thailand and do not know what to see? If you are in Bangkok or traveling through Thailand, it has surely occurred to you to visit Ayutthaya. This city was one of the ancient capitals of Siam, today known as Thailand, so it is expected to be a lot to see. In this post, we tell you what are the main attractions of the city and what places you can not miss.
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What to see in Ayutthaya.
Our guide to travel to Ayutthaya would not be complete if you do not know what to do and see in the city. You will mostly see temples and ruins of temples (Wat). Some are free and others will have to pay between 20 thb and 80 thb, depending on the importance they have. Here we leave you the main ones that you can not miss in a list of things to do in Ayutthaya.
Wat Phra Sri Samphet
Here you will find three great stupas or chedis that represented three of the kings of the empire. It is believed that under each one there were the ashes of these kings. Outside this temple is also the Vihara Phra Mongkhon Bophit, a temple still in operation where you can see a great bronze Buddha figure, it is also known as the Ayutthaya Palace.
A giant recumbent Buddha of 42 meters long and 8 meters high. It is worth the visit. It is rebuilt in cement and dressed in orange clothes according to the Buddhist tradition.
Wat Phanan Choeng Worawihan
We find this temple by chance, but I can not stop mentioning it. It is a temple for nothing tourist (even many Thai took pictures of us) where we could see how today Buddhism really lives, far away from the ruined temples and closer to the colored lights surrounding the statues of Buddha and electronic music. Inside you can also find the statue of a giant Buddha.
Wat Ratcha Burana
The central pagoda is one of the most beautiful and elaborate in the city. In the crypt, you can see several frescoes and paintings of the time, but they spend several days of the year covered to protect them. Ask before if you can see them before paying the entrance to the temple.
Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon
A very important Buddhist temple because it was one of the first to be built (shortly before 1360). They have reconstructed a large part of this and thanks to that we can appreciate it very well. You will be struck by the fabrics that cover the stupas and the long rows of Buddhas around them that are there to protect the temple. Do not forget to climb the main Chadi and appreciate the city from above. In its outskirts, you can also see a huge reclining Buddha figure that attracts many believers.
Wat Maha That and Buddha’s head in the tree.
This temple suffered great damage in the Burma invasion and is very destroyed so you can see the decapitated Buddha statues and better appreciate how the city was after the looting and invasion. In addition, the place is famous because it also houses a tree with a Buddha head among its roots, perhaps one of the best-known photographs of the country. There are different legends about it, such as that a thief left it there and never went to look for it or that after the invasions the tree grew so much that it locked its head.
Chao Sam Phraya National Museum
Ideal to learn more about the history of Ayutthaya and see the different discoveries that have been made in the excavations (and that to this day continue). We did not visit it, but everyone recommended it to us a lot.
The temple is one of the newest (built after 1600) and has a very particular Kramer style; similar to Angkor Wat in Cambodia but in miniature. In addition, it is one of the best preserved. We do not have photos because he did not give us the time to visit it.