|Ayutthaya Historical Park | Wat Phra Si Sanphet & Ancient Royal Palace|
Wat Phra Si Sanphet was the biggest ancient temple within Ayutthaya Historical Park. Built on the premise of royal palace, Wat Phra Si Sanphet was also known as royal chapel.
The most significant landmark among the ruins of Wat Phra Si Sanphet are the three tall chedis in a row. Some called it 'stupas' since they contain the ashes of three Ayutthayan kings; King Boroma-Tri-Loka-Nat, King Boroma-Rachathirat III and King Ramathibodi II. Established during the reign of King Ramathibodi I (King U-Thong) in 15th century, the architecture of these chedis boasted the glory of Ayutthayan era with a sharp pointed pinnacle atop held by the square bottom. Served as a royal temple, no monks resided here but they were invited to perform royal ritual or ceremony.
Aside from its legacy as sacred place, the premise within Wat Phra Sri San Phet was also known as the 'Ancient Palace'. If you wander within this large site, you may find some historically importance structures includes the ruins of Chantharakasem (Front Palace), Phlapphla Chaturamuk, Phiman Rattaya Hall, Wanglang (Rear Palace), Palace Wall and gate. The premise is a pleasant and quiet park. With a bit of walk, exploration and imagination, one may get the genuine feel of the Ayutthaya’s historic past!
Admission fee of 30 Baht is compulsory for each foreigner while the Thai has to pay 10 Baht each.
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