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Wat Phanan Choeng

  • East of the Old City Map It
  • Ayutthaya
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 03/08/2013

Fodor's Review

This bustling temple complex on the banks of the Lopburi River is an interesting diversion from the dormant ruins that dominate Ayutthaya. A short B3 ferry ride across the river sets the scene for its dramatic origins. The temple was built in 1324 (26 years before Ayutthaya's rise to power) by a U-Thong king in atonement for the death of his fiancée. Instead of bringing his bride, a Chinese princess, into the city himself, the king arranged an escort for her. Distraught

at what she interpreted to be a lackluster welcome, the princess threw herself into the river (at the site of the current temple) and drowned.

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Sight Information


East of the Old City, Ayutthaya, 13000, Thailand

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 8–5

Updated 03/08/2013


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