Feeling Blue at Wat Yai Chai Mongkol (Mongkhon) - Ayutthaya, Thailand

Feeling Blue at Wat Yai Chai Mongkol (Mongkhon) - Ayutthaya, Thailand

Feeling Blue at Wat Yai Chai Mongkol (Mongkhon) - Ayutthaya, Thailand


Wat Yai Chai Mongkol (Mongkhon) is popular temple (wat) in Ayutthaya with tourists and with local worshippers since it is still an active wat.

The large chedi (stupa) of Wat Yai Chai Mongkol (also spelled Wat Yai Chaimongkol) can be seen from a distance. This photogenic temple features rows of sitting Buddhas statues clothed in saffron colored robes which contrasts well when you have a brilliant blue sky as in this photograph.

If you have been following my Ayutthaya, Thailand series you may have noticed the blue skies in my photographs. This is not always the case. If you Google “Ayutthaya, Thailand” or just do a search here at Flickr, you will find many photos with overcast skies and blown out highlights. As I mentioned in my previous post, that is because a majority of visitors visit the temples as a day trip from Bangkok (two hours away) and which coincides when the light is not at its best.

I was able to visit Ayutthaya on two separate occasions. The first time as a day trip from Bangkok and the second time I spent four days visiting the temples at my leisure and waiting patiently for good light to appear. I found the best light to be at mid-morning and early evening/dusk, otherwise it was always cloudy and overcast.

I took this photograph on my first visit to Ayutthaya. I was fortunate that my tour group visited the temple mid-morning (I did an early morning departure from Bangkok at 6:30 am), while I did not have the early morning soft light on the temples, I did have this beautiful blue sky.

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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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Set at the conjunction of the Lopburi, Prasak and Chao Phraya rivers, the storied city of Ayutthaya was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong and served as the capital of what was the predecessor to the Siamese empire and modern Thailand.

Over the next 417 years it was ruled by 33 kings and repelled 23 Burmese invasions, before the Burmese finally succeeded in razing it to the ground in 1767. At its height, Ayutthaya was surrounded by a 12-kilometre-long wall which was five metres thick and six metres high and boasted 99 gates, brick and clay roads and canals to transport water into the city.

By all reports Ayutthaya was stunning and rivalled most European capitals of the time. The city was a major centre not only of Thai civilisation but also Asian, Middle Eastern and even European arts, culture and trade. A number of foreign communities thrived in the city, chief among them the Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian, Persian, Portuguese, Dutch and French. As other ... Read our complete Ayutthaya travel guide

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