Saturday, December 19, 2009

discovering Thailand.... part 11 Ayutthaya, Thailand- Wat Yai Chai Mongkon Temple

While we were in Ayutthaya for the day..... we  decided to  go and see another  site.... WAT YAI CHAI MONKON.

The ancient city of Ayutthaya, Thai capital for 417 years, is one of Thailand's major attractions. Many ancient ruins and art works can be seen in this city that was founded in 1350. During the Ayutthaya period, the Thai capital was ruled by 33 kings of different dynasties.

Ayutthaya is 72 kilometers away from Bangkok. It boasts of magnificent ruins. The UNESCO listed Ayutthaya in the list of World Heritage in December 1991.

At the southern edge of town lies the huge bell- shaped chedi of Wat Ya Chai Mongkon. It was built in 1592. This temple is still functioning.

The Reclining Buddha....

If you love ancient ruins and Buddhists wats, you would love Ayutthaya. I you don't, then Ayutthaya looks like a abandoned construction site. Ruins stand side by side across Ayutthaya. The city was built on an island surrounded by four rivers.

I also entered one of the temples to take some photos of their Buddhas...

and I was so amazed at this enclosed Buddhist monk that was sitting quietly staring at me.. I guess this was one of their high priests that died and they embalmed him and placed him inside the temple.

I tried to climb the steep stairs up to this chedi to see what all the locals where going to....

and this is what I saw inside...

Some of the temples are located outisde the island city of Ayutthaya, but not too far from the river banks.If you have the stamina, you can explore all the ruins by foot. Among the ruins worth visiting are Wat Mahathat, Wat Phra Ram and Wat Phra Si Sanphet.

When planning a trip to Ayutthaya, you should spare at least one full day to fully cover all the major and minor sights. The admission to the park is 100 baht. It is better to hire a private car with a travel guide/driver ( 2500 Baht ) for the day so you will not be stressed with the time limit spent inside this historical park.

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