Wat Phra Mahathat in Ayutthaya

Wat Phra Mahathat is a Buddhist temple located in the city of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, which was once the capital of Thailand. The temple is one of the most important and impressive historical sites in the city, and is a must-visit for anyone interested in Thai history and culture.


Wat Phra Mahathat was built in the 14th century, during the reign of King Borommaracha I. The temple was originally used to house relics of the Buddha, and was also used as a centre for Buddhist teachings and education. Over the years, the temple has been expanded and renovated by various kings and rulers, and is now a sprawling complex with numerous buildings and structures.


  • The temple is home to a large stupa, which is one of the most impressive structures on the site. The stupa is surrounded by smaller stupas, which are said to contain the ashes of various important figures.
  • One of the most famous features of Wat Phra Mahathat is the Buddha head that is entwined in the roots of a tree. The head is believed to have been placed there by a thief who was trying to steal it, but was caught and left the head in the tree.
  • The temple also has numerous smaller buildings and structures, including a library, meditation halls, and a bell tower.

Visiting Wat Phra Mahathat

Visitors to Wat Phra Mahathat should be sure to dress modestly and remove their shoes before entering any of the temple buildings. It is also important to be respectful and quiet while on the temple grounds, as this is a place of worship for many people.

The temple is open daily from 9am to 5pm, and admission is 50 Thai Baht. Guided tours are available for an additional fee.

Wat Phra Mahathat is located at approximately 14.3577° N, 100.5673° E.