|Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya | Wat Mahathat - UNESCO World Heritage Site|
Does the below Buddha image look familiar to you? If you are looking for a postcard of Ayutthaya, you would never miss this picture - the famous head of sandstone Buddha image entangled with figs. Impressive!
The construction of Wat Mahathat begun during the reign of King Borommarachathirat I in 1374 A.D. but completed during the reign of King Ramesuan (1388-1395 A.D.) The architecture of Wat Mahatat had several prangs of Khmer style. While the octagonal chedis showed the influence of Ceylonese.
The main prang in Wat Mahathat was believed built to house relics of Buddha. Also known as royal monastery, several restoration works took place before Ayutthaya was sacked and this wat was burnt. Since then it remains as laterite ruins.
In 1956 A.D., Fine Arts Department discovered the relics of Buddha in a chedi/stupa besides some other antiques including Buddha image, votive tablets, covered boxes in the shaped of fish and gold plaques in the animals form. These objects were later transferred and kept in Chao Sam Phraya National Museum.
Nestled in old city of Ayutthaya, Wat Mahathat is the one of the top attractions of Ayutthaya Historical Park and Thailand. In 1991, the Ayutthaya Historical Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
If you are in Ayutthaya, be sure you put Wat Mahathat on the top of your list!
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