Wat Phra Si Sanphet

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Wat Phra Si Sanphet was the most important temple in the Ayutthaya Kingdom. It is located within the old Grand Palace of Ayutthaya and it served as a model for the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) in Bangkok. There were no residing monks due to the temple was used for royal ceremonies.

At the center of Wat Phra Si Sanphet are the three large Ceylonese chedis (pagodas). These three chedis are one of the landmarks of the Ayutthaya Historical Park. Two of the chedis were built by King Ramathibodi II in 1491 to enshrine the ashes of his father and older brother. A third chedi was built to enshrine the ashes of King Ramathibodi II in 1530 by his son, King Boromaraja IV. All the chedis were completely destroyed when the Burmese Army sacked and burned the monastery to the ground.

At the center of Wat Phra Si Sanphet are the three large Ceylonese chedis (pagodas). These three chedis are one of the landmarks of the Ayutthaya Historical Park. Two of the chedis were built by King Ramathibodi II in 1491 to enshrine the ashes of his father and older brother. A third chedi was built to enshrine the ashes of King Ramathibodi II in 1530 by his son, King Boromaraja IV. All the chedis were completely destroyed when the Burmese Army sacked and burned the monastery to the ground.


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In the past, Ayutthaya was the capital of a great kingdom and now, it is called the cultural capital in Thailand. If you want to spend time to explore the impressive ruined temples in this old city, Wat Phra Si Sanphet is the place that you must not skip!


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