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Wat Yai Chai Mongkol

  • Ayutthaya to Bang Pa-In Rd. Map It
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 03/08/2013

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The enormous chedi at Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, the largest in Ayutthaya, was constructed by King Naresuan after he defeated the Burmese crown prince during a battle atop elephants in 1593. (A recent painting of the battle is one of the highlights of the temple.) The chedi is now leaning quite a bit, as later enlargements are weighing down the foundation. The complex, dating from 1357, was totally restored in 1982. Linger a while to pay your respects to the huge reclining

Buddha, or climb to the top for a spectacular view. The site closes at 5 pm, but you can enter after that if the gates are left open, as they often are. The view at sunset is beautiful, and you'll completely escape the crowds.

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Ayutthaya to Bang Pa-In Rd., about 5 km (3 miles) southeast of the Old City, Ayutthaya, 13000, Thailand

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Sight Details:

  • B20
  • Daily 8–5

Updated 03/08/2013


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