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One of Ayutthaya's main attractions, Wat Ratburana, was constructed by King Boromaraja II in the fifteenth century. The king ordered the construction of Wat Ratburanato house the ashes of his elder brothers, who enabled him to become monarch after fighting a deadly battle on elephant back for the throne against each other and both being killed.

The temple's prang has been well preserved and is decorated with statues nagas, garudas other legendary characters.

The architecture of Wat Ratburana, was inspired by the Khmer style, which can be seen in the multi-layered base and the extended upper section. You can climb the prang for great views over Ayutthaya. You There are two unrestored rooms at the base of the temple containing original paintings. Follow a staircase down to get to them.

Admission Fee: 30 Baht to enter the grounds of Wat Ratburana.
The temple is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm daily.     

Wat Mongkhon Bophit

Located to the south of Wat Phra Si Sanphet, this temple became celebrated because of the giant statue of the seated Buddha. The impressive statue is 16.95 metres high and made from brick and plaster and covered with bronze 3-4 inches thick.

The figure was initially shrined outside the Grand Palace to the east and relocated and covered with a Mondop at the command of King Songthom. However, the Mondop was destroyed by a thunderbolt when Phra Chao Sua came to power.

The temple is believed to have been built during the reign of King Chairachathirat, around 1538, whilst the principal bronze Buddha image, Phra Mongkhon Bophit, is thought to have been built in the reign of King Sanphet VIII or King Tiger (1703-0708).

In 1957, the Fine Arts Department carried out major restoration work and a new viharn was built o house the Buddha statue, following the design of the original. The statue was covered with gold in 1990 to commemorate the 60th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.     


Wat Ratburana
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