This temple can be said to be the most complete, most beautiful and grandest archaic site of Ayutthaya. It is believed to be built in the reign of King Prasat Thong and there might be some parts of the temple that was built to imitate the Angkor Wat of Cambodia (Lawaek City) in order to celebrate the victory over Laweak Kingdom back then.
Since this temple had served as a place to commit important ceremonies such as the royal cremation ceremonies for royal family members and high ranking state officials, it had been consistently renovated throughout Ayutthaya Era. Even though abandoned after the fall l of Ayutthaya, this temple has been later restored in the consistent manner until it retains its beauty and dignity until the present.
The principal pagoda of the temple was built in the style that similar to the one in the early phase of Ayutthaya Era, but the temple was built in the middle phase. Thus, it is believed that the style of the pagoda was the renaissance of the old style. The principal pagoda is surrounded by four minor pagodas at the four corners, one for a corner. The corridor is decorated with 120 Buddha images, almost all of which have no heads. Apart from the beauty of this archaic site, visitors can spend their time by Chao Phraya River to enjoy the sunset. Thus, this archaic site is a must-seen one for all visitors who come to Ayutthaya.
Opening Hours: Everyday from 08:00 – 18:00, admission fee for the Thais is 10 baht.
Location: Outside the city island to the west, by Chao Phraya River