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Wat Phanan Choeng

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 06/03/2016

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.

Sight Information

Address:

Ayutthaya, 13000, Thailand

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 8–5

Published 06/03/2016

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