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Thailand - Central Region - Ayutthaya
- The Nine Main Temples

There are thirty three temples in the province with nine main temples in and around Ayutthaya:

Making prayers at the Bronze Buddha at The Vihara of Phra Mongkhon Bophit

Wat Kasattrathirat - To the west of Muang Island, Ayutthaya on the bank of the Chao Phraya River.

Wat Nakhon Luang - About 20 km north east of Ayutthaya town on the bank of the Pa Sak River in Amphoe Nakhon Luang. Built somewhere between 1600 and 1630 and used as a monastery.

Wat Na Phra Mane - The only temple to have survived the siege and sacking of Ayutthaya in 1767 because the Burmese used the main building as their strategic headquarters situated at the north end of Muang Island, Ayutthaya. The Grand Hall has small openings in the walls instead of the usual windows.

Wat Phanan Choeng - This Wat in the south east quarter of Muang Island, Ayutthaya, houses 'Tha Big Buddha', Luang Pho To or Sampokong. The Buddha image is around 19 m high and over 20 m across at the front of the base.

The Vihara of Phra MongkhonWat Phra Si Sanphet and The Vihara of Phra Mongkhon Bophit the home of the 'Bronze Buddha' on Muang Island this monastery has no resident monks and is a reconstruction of the monastery that was destroyed by the invading Burmese army in 1767.

Wat Phutthai SawanWat Phutthai Sawan - Located on the south bank of the Chao Phraya River opposite Muang Island. This used to be one of the royal palaces between the years 1350 and 1370.


Wat Tha Ka Rong - This temple that was built before Ayutthaya was created the capital of Siam and its previous history is lost - it is located close to the Chao Phraya River to the west of Muang Island.

Wat Thammikkarat - Positioned in the eastern sector of the ancient royal palace in Ayutthaya. Built in the Khmer style and housing a reclining Buddha image.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon - In the south eastern quarter of Muang Island the temple was established in about 1357 during the reign King U-thong. Included in the complex is The Great Chedi (Chai Mongkhon).

Buddha images at Wat Phutthai SawanWat Phutthai Sawan

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