Wat Chaiwatthanaram @ Ayutthaya, Thailand

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Ayutthaya Thailand

Wat Chaiwatthanaram is a temple in Ayutthaya built in 1630 built by King Prasat Thong.  Like many of the other temples in Ayutthaya, it was looted by the Burmese in the 1760’s.  Although in ruins too, I do find the extent of destruction is less and it feels more complete as compared to other temple ruins such as Wat Mahathat.

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The main structures were built on an elevated platform, with the 35 m tall prang as the center piece with 8 other chedi-structures surrounding it.

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The center prang from different angles.

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The chedi structures surrounding the central prang are connected by a walkway lined with sad sight of beheaded Buddha Statues.

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More Info
Wat Chaiwatthanaram on Wikipedia
Entrance Fee: 50 Baht for foreigners and 10 Baht for locals.
Getting there : Ayutthaya can be easily visited as a day trip from Bangkok. You can take the sky train to the Victory Monument Station’ he mini vans station is just across from Victory Monument Station.  The mini buses leave once they get filled up.  Rate is about 120 Baht per person.  Journey is 1.5 Hours.

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  2. Graham Franklin Post author

    I went to Ayutthaya in June this year, we covered 6 temples in one day, wish I had done more, maybe next time! Wat Chaiwatthanaram is fantastic, you have great photos on this post.

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