Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat

Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat

A blend of artistic influences

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Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat was once a royal temple where King Narai and regional governors would have come to perform official religious ceremonies.

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No one knows exactly when it was established, but an unusual blend of art and architecture indicate that it also played a prominent role when the Khmer ruled the area in the 13th century.


Made of laterite and mortar, the central Khmer-style prang towers close to 30 metres high. Its gable displays pieces of Lavo art reflecting Mahayana Buddhist beliefs, while the gopura (arched gate) boasts hints of exquisite detail.


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You’ll also find details on the smaller surrounding prangs and chedis: wander to the northern edge of the complex to see animated depictions of thep phanom angels at the corners of parallel ridges on a very unusual chedi. The anonymous artists also got creative with a narrow bell-shaped chedi sporting seated Buddha images in niches topped by rings of intricate vine and flower designs.


Fronting the main prang is a badly damaged frame of a large brick wihaan built during the Ayutthaya period. Nearby stands a remarkably well-preserved hall with an intact roof and French Gothic windows.


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Like the remains of temples with similar names in Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, Lopburi’s Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat covers a large area that’s a pleasure to wander around. Plan on spending a half-hour here.

Contact details for Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat

Address: Across Na Phrakan Rd from the train station, Lopburi
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º36'53.21" E, 14º47'55.2" N
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Admission: 50 baht

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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.

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