Building began on this royal monastery in 1374 and was completed during the reign of King Ramesuan (1388–95). Today tree-shaded, parklike grounds are a pleasant place to linger, and contain what's left of its 140-foot brick prang. The prang collapsed twice between 1610 to 1628, and again in the early 20th century, and today barely reflects its former glory. The stunted ruins and beheaded Buddhas that remain in Wat Phra Mahathat are a result of the Burmese sacking of this once revered temple in 1767. Its partially destroyed Khmer-style prang is said to contain relics of the Lord Buddha.
Naresuan Rd. at Chee Kun Rd., Ayutthaya, 13000, Thailand