Wat Phra Sri Sanphet!

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet
What is it? Wat Phra Sri Sanphet (วัดพระศรีสรรเพชญ์) was the private temple of the royal family of Ayutthaya!
What makes it historical? Ayutthaya became the second capital of the Kingdom of Siam in 1351 when King Ramathibodi I built his royal palace at this site surrounded by three rivers! Years later, in 1448, King Borommatrailokanat, the first Thai king to own a white elephant, built his own palace further north and turned this location into a holy site.

His son, Ramathibodi I, built two of the giant stupas, or chedi, that are still here today, one to house the ashes of Borommatrailokanat and another to house the ashes of Ramathibodi’s older brother, Borommaracha III, who had died in battle against the Mon of Myanmar!

For 319 years, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet was exclusively for use by the royal family. No monks lived here or were allowed to pray here except by very special invitation! That all changed in 1767 when Burma invaded and destroyed the entire complex except for these three chedi! Today, after much restoration, these chedi are the centerpiece of a historical park!

How can I Help the Helpers? HERE’S HOW:

  • Pay the entrance fee to help maintain trails, signs, structures, and other visitor services!
  • Volunteer with the World Heritage Volunteers!
  • Donate to UNESCO!
  • Be a responsible visitor! Please respect the signs and pathways, and treat all structures and artifacts with respect. They’ve endured a lot to survive into the present. They’ll need our help to make it into the future!
Where is this place? Parking is just north of the intersection of Khlong To Road and Pa Thon Road
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000

From Bangkok: ~48mi (78km) — 0.8hrs
From Chiang Mai: ~377mi (607km) — 6.3hrs
From Phuket: ~572mi (921km) — 9.6hrs
From Udon Thani: ~321mi (517km) — 5.4hrs

When should I go? Wat Phra Sri Sanphet is open daily from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM!

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

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