Many subsequent Ayutthaya kings attempted to give the distinctly Burmese-Mon chedi a more Thai look, and a looming statue of King Naresuan was erected nearby as if to lay definitive claim over the creation of a Burmese king in Ayutthaya.
Whatever its background, the soaring chedi is impressive, and you can climb up steep staircases to a series of platforms that encircle the structure. It's nice and breezy at the top platform, which affords good views of the surrounding countryside.
When we last visited, a lone monk was meditating up there beside a couple of napping dogs.
How to get there
It's about a 30-minute bicycle ride to the site from the town centre. Route 309 heading northwest takes you straight there, but the more pleasant way is to continue west from Wat Choeng Tha, cross Route 309 and follow the road as it meanders through picturesque villages just north of the river. Before long, you'll see the giant white chedi hovering over rice paddies, and you'll need to cross over a sandy path to reach the chedi as the main entrance is off route 309.
Last updated on 10th February, 2013.