“Heading” out to Wat Phra Mahathat in Ayutthaya, Thailand

“Heading” out to Wat Phra Mahathat in Ayutthaya, Thailand

“Heading” out to Wat Phra Mahathat in Ayutthaya, Thailand


“When I sit, you sit. When I kneel, you kneel. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera”

King of Siam from the movie, “The King and I”

Wat Phra Mahathat is perhaps the most visited temple in the ancient city of Ayutthaya, Thailand. Located across the road from Wat Ratburana which I featured in my last post , it is swarming with day trippers who come by the busloads from Bangkok (about a two hour trip by bus or train).

Besides the eeriness of headless Buddha statues (compliments of the Burmese army who ransacked the temple) there nothing much to see at the temple, except for a lone head of Buddha.

The touristic highlight of Wat Phra Mahathat is a famous tree that has engulfed a Buddha head. Like the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris, every cell phone camera, DSLR, compact camera, Polaroid, et cetera is snapping away at this solitary Buddha head.

A guard is present at the tree to remind visitors that when they pose for a photo they must not be higher that the Buddha itself. They must kneel to show respect since Buddha is considered very holy by the Thais.

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Taken on: 21st February, 2012. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See Sam Antonio Photography's page of Flickr

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