Stretching along the western edge of the Historical Park beyond the Ancient Palace grounds, the highlight of Wat Lokkayasutharam is a 42-metre-long reclining Buddha made of brick and finished with white plaster.
The image of Buddha serenely smiling at the moment of his bodily extinguishment into Nirvana stands eight metres tall at the head, which rests on the image of a lotus flower. Long branches reach towards the Buddha from nearby trees, making for some interesting photos. Fronting the image is a shrine that collects incense, candles and flowers sold by some rather pushy village women. Stalls sell drinks and souvenirs across the lane.
When exploring Ayutthaya you might see incredible photos of Wat Lokkayasutharam’s Buddha image lying over a still sheet of water; these were taken when floods devastated Ayutthaya in 2011. The reclining Buddha is actually located at the rear of the original temple complex, which now includes little more than a wide brick platform and lopsided Khmer-style prang.
It’s worth a trip here for the reclining Buddha alone, and the short ride from the more popular ruins passes two minor sites along the way: Wat Wora Pho and Wat Wora Chet Tha Ram. The former has a large stone seated Buddha set between two old trees while the latter offers great photo-ops of another seated Buddha through windows in what's left of a brick structure.
After hitting Wat Lokkayasutharam, you might head north along the narrow lane that fronts the reclining Buddha, which winds past several attractive old wooden houses before emerging near the Pridi Panomyong Memorial on Uthong Road.
How to get there
Wat Lokkayasutharam is located due east of Wat Phra Si Sanphet, accessed by a narrow lane that begins on the west side of Khlong Tho Rd.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 28th February, 2016.