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Wat Yai Chai Mongkol

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 06/03/2016

Fodor's Review

King Naresuan constructed the enormous chedi at Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, the largest in Ayutthaya, after defeating the Burmese crown prince during a battle atop elephants in 1593. A recent painting of the battle is one of the temple's highlights. The chedi now leans a significant bit, as later enlargements are weighing down the foundation. The complex, parts of which date to 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.

Sight Information

Address:

Ayutthaya, 13000, Thailand

Sight Details:

  • B20
  • Daily 8–5

Published 06/03/2016

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