Wat Chaiwatthanaram

A striking Khmer-inspired complex

Photo of Wat Chaiwatthanaram, , Ayutthaya

What we say: 3.5 stars

When King Prasat Thong returned victorious from Cambodia in 1630, he ordered the construction of this stunning Khmer-influenced temple.

The site is rivalled only by Wat Ratchaburana and nearby Wat Puthaisawan for the most impressive Khmer-style prang in Ayutthaya. Centred around the large central prang, the complex has four lesser chedis along with 120 stucco seated Buddhas.

It's believed that relics of the Buddha and other royal ornaments are still encased somewhere inside.

The complex runs down to a pleasant stretch of the Chao Phraya River and is best visited in early morning and late afternoon.

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South of the island
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00-17:00
How to get there: The temple is located southwest of the island, a good two kilometres from Wat Mahathat. The easiest way to get here is to take U-Thong Road all the way to the west of the island and cross the river via a bridge on Route 3263. Take a left down the first side street after the bridge and the turn-off for Wat Chaiwatthanaram will sneak up shortly after, on the left.
Last updated: 27th November, 2014

About the author:
Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.
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