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 compound.
Built by King U Thong (Ayutthaya's first ruler) in 1357, the temple is also known as "Chao Phaya Thai Temple" and has a large Chedi that dominates the skyline. The Chedi was built in 1592 to celebrate King Naresuan's single-handed defeat of the then Burmese Crown Prince after an elephant back duel. The size of the Chedi was intended to match that of Phu Khao Thong - a Pagoda purportedly built by the Burmese which is visible in the distance from the temple. This is a great site to visit and wander around so give yourself plenty of time for a visit.
Details: Admission is 20 Baht and the temple opens daily between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Address: 40/3 Moo 3, Tumbol Klong Suanplu, Pranakorn Sriayutthaya District, Pranakorn Sriayutthaya, Thailand
Tel: +66 3524 2640
How to get there: If you're in Ayutthaya take a Tuk Tuk to Wat Yai Chaimongkol. By car, from Bangkok to Rangsit - Wangnoi, as you approach Wangnoi intersection, take the exit towards Nakornsawan. Follow the signs towards Ayutthaya, on the Phaholyothin Road. Before approaching Ayutthaya intersection, turn left and follow it to the Great Stupa circle. Before approaching the Great Stupa circle, get into the left lane and turn left at the traffic lights. Continue approximately 1 km, you can see a public car park is on the left.