Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya
Wat Chaiwatthanaram is a Buddhist temple located in the city of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand. It was built in the 17th century by King Prasat Thong to honor his mother, and is one of the most impressive temples in Ayutthaya.
The temple is situated on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, and is approximately 80 kilometers north of Bangkok. Its approximate latitude and longitude is 14.3582° N, 100.5689° E.
History and Architecture
Wat Chaiwatthanaram was built in the Khmer style, and is surrounded by a moat and a wall. The temple consists of a central prang (tower) surrounded by smaller prangs and chedis (stupas), as well as several viharas (halls) and a large courtyard.
The central prang is 35 meters tall, and is surrounded by eight smaller prangs. The prangs are decorated with intricate carvings and sculptures, and are topped with spires adorned with golden finials.
The viharas are located on the east side of the temple, and are home to several Buddha images. The courtyard in the center of the temple is surrounded by a gallery with 120 Buddha images, each in a different pose.
Wat Chaiwatthanaram was abandoned for many years, and suffered significant damage during the Burmese invasion of Ayutthaya in the late 18th century. However, restoration efforts have been ongoing for several decades, and the temple is now a popular tourist destination.
Visiting Wat Chaiwatthanaram
Visitors to Wat Chaiwatthanaram should dress modestly, with shoulders and knees covered. Shoes must be removed before entering any of the buildings.
- The temple is open daily from 8:00am to 6:00pm.
- Admission fee is 50 baht for foreigners, and 20 baht for Thais.
- Guided tours are available for an additional fee.
- Visitors should allow at least 2 hours to explore the temple.
Wat Chaiwatthanaram is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Ayutthaya. Its stunning architecture, rich history, and peaceful atmosphere make it a truly unforgettable experience.