In a land that’s world renowned for its plethora of ancient temples, the Wat Phra Si Sanphet in Thailand is one that’s outstanding for more reasons than one.
Wat Phra Si Sanphet, built in the late 15th century is an iconic landmark attraction in the ancient Thai kingdom of Ayutthaya. It’s the largest temple in the city and was used by many ancient Thai Kings. The temple used to house a golden 16 meter high Buddha statue which was completely destroyed by Burmese conquerors. The statue was known as Phra Si Sanphet. Visitors can journey on any of the exciting Bangkok cruises and discover the many cultural attractions of Ayutthaya such as the Wat Phra Si Sanphet. For example, the comfortable and simply luxurious Anantara Cruises offer 3 day historical tours along the graceful Chao Phraya River. These cruises are a fun way to discover the cultural and historical attractions of Thailand.
The construction of the three enormous stupas of Wat Phra Si Sanphet is believed to have begun during the reign of the Thai King, Trailok. The temple was part of the Royal Palace and was used predominantly as a venue for royal ceremonies and a storing place for royal relics. It is believed that the three stupas hold the ashes of King Borom Ratchathirat III, King Rama Thibodi II, King Trailok as well as relics of Lord Buddha. The three stupas reflect the architectural and cultural influence of the ancient kingdom Ayutthaya and many replicas can be seen today in Bangkok such as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The three chedis are surrounded by a brick wall. The temple, when illuminated at night is a breathtaking sight to see.
Foreign visitors will have to pay an entrance fee of 30 Baht to enter the temple grounds. Wat Phra Si Sanphet is open daily from 8.30am to 5pm.
Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.