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Wat Chai Watthanaram was built on the west bank
of the river opposite the capital in 1630 in the reign
of King Prasat Thong. The temple was built following
the plan of Angkor Wat, Cambodia. A high platform
was raised and used as a foundation of a tower
stupa "Prang".
Wat Chai Watthanaram -- Its constructing pattern was different from other temples. There will be a huge prang as a center surrounded by smaller ones. All of these were the most important part of temple called "Phuttavas" (the domain of temple) located at the front part of temple and "Sunkkavas" (the domain of monk) located on the back part. Overall were surrounded by 3 rows of brick wall. Its constructing character looked like Sumeru Mount, the central of universe, influenced by Khmer design.
There is a passage inside the gallery and under the stupas that people can walk around the main Prang, and there Buddha images seated against the exterior wall along the passage.
Buddha image in Ordination Hall
The principal Buddha image in the Ordination Hall is seated in meditation posture. Made of stucco with sandstone core, it is lacquered and gilted. The head of this statue was recently made on a photograph of its original which had been stolen long time ago.
The Crowned Buddha image
Images of a Crowned Buddha were widely built in the reign of King Prasatthong (in about the 17th century A.D.) There are 12 Buddha images in this style placed in each Meru of the temple. They were all gilded.
Wat Chai Watthanaram at eastern
Prang Noi
The Prang has a long porch atits front. Its plain reflects that of a Prang of the early. Ayutthaya period, but it architectural characteristies and decorated stucco designs are the art work of the late Ayutthaya period in about the late 17th early 18th Century A.D. It's called by the local people San Chao Mae Wat Dusit.



Wat Chai Watthanaram, Ayutthaya
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