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Travel Guide > Central > Ayutthaya > History and Culture

Temples in Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya is steeped in history and culture and one of the best places in Thailand to visit temples, both ancient and contemporary.

A former capital in ancient times, Ayutthaya boasts some of the historically most important temples outside the capital. The ancient ruins of Ayutthaya feature a range of architectural styles including Khmer and Burmese influence, while some of the less ancient structures display aspects of Western influence. Some of the important temples in the area include Wat Phra Si San Phet, Wat Chaiwatthanaram, and Wat Yai Chai Mongkol.

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Below is a list of some of the more important temples in the area. If you are in Ayutthaya for a limited amount of time, you should probably take a look at some of these temples first.


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Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Wat Chaiwatthanaram is an imposing monastery located in the west of Ayutthaya on the Chao Phraya River. It was built by King Prasat Thong in 1630 and its architecture is similar to that of Angkor W...
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Wat Phananchoeng

This monastery is located just south of Ayutthaya city on the east side of Chao Phraya River. Strangely, there is no record of when it was built or who built it; however, it is known that it was al...
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Wat Phra Mahathat

Built in 1374 at the start of the Ayutthaya era, Wat Mahathat is an impressive temple ruin originally constructed to house Buddha relics that mysteriously appeared to an early Ayutthayan king. Alth...
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Wat Phra Si San Phet

Built in the reign of King Boromtrilokanath, Wat Phra Sri San Phet was the biggest temple in the area at its peak and is historically very significant. The temple is situated in a compound that was...
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Wat Yai Chaimongkon

Wat Yai Chaimongkon is located near the main Ayutthaya ruins and a short distance from the walls of Ayutthaya. It is famed for an impressively large statue of the Reclining Buddha inside the temple...
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Wihan Phramongkhon Bophit

Wihan Phramongkhon Bophit contains one of the largest bronze Buddha images found in Thailand and also houses numerous smaller images. Destroyed by the Burmese in 1767, the temple was returned to it...
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