Vihara Phra Mongkhon Bophit

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Slip back in the ancient day and unveil the authentic part of Thailand. At the former capital of Ayutthaya, countless ruins and historical treasures still stand against the change of era. Discover the relics and stunning architectures left in time, and visit the most unique places you cannot experience somewhere else. All of these are offered to you, at Vihara Phra Mongkhon Bophit. 

At this 600 years old Vihara Phra Mongkhon Bophit, situated one of Thailand’s biggest bronze Buddha statues. The temple is presumably constructed in the reign of King Borommatrailokkanat, and this massive statue formerly located in Wat Chi Chiang Sai, the vanished monastery. Later on King Songtham commanded a move of Phra Mongkhon Bophit westward, with a construction of a mandap or the roof. Unluckily, the lightning damaged the mandap and the statue to a great length until its restoration in 1920. These days, the 12.5 metres tall Buddha statue is covered with the dazzling gold leaves representing the glorious day of Thailand. 

Entering the area, you will come upon the delicately decorated hall in the middle of a spacious yard. Walking around, you will discover numerous paintings and sculptures describing the stories of former kings and their religious commitment to the vihara. So, take a look and doubt what’s going on in the pics! Of course, no one misses the highlight part. Discover the stunning Buddha image inside of Phra Mongkhon Bophit and pay respect to this sacred statue. The locals usually take a visit to ask for good fortunes and wishes. And yes, no worries if you are not a Buddhist and have no idea how to do so. Ask the locals, they will be happy to help!

We know, visiting Ayutthaya for just one temple is not enough. Let’s go back home with the best of luck! Have a short stop at the 10 minutes-away Wat Yai Chai Mongkol or the Monastery of Auspicious Victory. At this temple built in the 14th century, you can uncover the massive 60 metres tall Chedi standing against time. Or, if you are seeking for a more laid-back vibe, Wat Mahathat is definitely worth a visit. Being one of Ayutthaya Empire’s most important temples back in the day, super old artifacts are shown inside. Here, you can also have a chill stroll along Chao Phraya river and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. 

Being only 1 hour away from Bangkok, Vihara Phra Mongkhon Bophit is easily accessed via main highways. But, if you want a cooler experience, you can hop on a tourist boat or even a cruise! However, this will take you around 3 hours, but it is definitely worth it.

Surely, there is so much more to discover at the historic city of Ayutthaya than just temples, ranging from the mouth-watering seafood, dazzling palaces, exotic floating markets, to toy museum! Come visit Ayutthaya on a day trip and see Thailand from a different side. Travel with the locals for a more unique experience!

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Visiting Ayutthaya Historical Park, there is an entrance fee of 50THB. Once you get the ticket, there will be no additional charge in entering Vihara Phra Mongkhon Bophit. If you have a chance to visit Wat Mahathat, do not miss seeing the iconic Buddha’s head covering in Banyan tree roots. And yes, you do not want to come home empty handed. Find the best souvenirs at Ayothaya Floating Market. Here, you can experience endless rows of boats docking along the path. Grab the tasty famous boat noodle made right on the boat for lunch! 

Visit Vihara Phra Mongkhon Bophit with a local!