Phra Mongkhon Bophit is a gigantic Buddha image that is one of the most significant Buddha images of Thailand in terms of history and art because this Buddha image is created with the molding technique not the sculpturing one. Even though there is no evidence that shows when this Buddha image was built, the Buddha image is hypothesized to be built in the early Ayutthaya period before the time when King Songtham changed the housing location of Phra Mongkhon Bophit from the east side of the Royal Palace to the west side, which is the location of the current pantheon.
As for the pantheon, in the reign of King Songtham, it might have been built as a Thai style building (Mondop) but when the building was thundered in the reign of King Suea, the current building was built in the pantheon style (Wihan).
The pantheon and Phra Mongkhon Bophit were greatly damaged during the war that led to the second fall of Ayutthaya Kingdom, but were restored in Rattanakosin Era. Before A.D. 1956, General Plaek Phibunsongkhram, the Prime Minister at that time, ordered the great restoration for the building and the Buddha image until they are in the current conditions. During the restoration, a great number of small Buddha images were discovered within the Buddha image. Nowadays, those small Buddha images are displayed at Chao Sam Phraya National Museum.
Opening Hours: Everyday: Week Days 8:00 – 16:30; Weekend 08:00 – 17:00
Location: On the City Island, next to Wat Phra Si Sanphet (Phra Si Sanphet Temple)