Wat Phra Si Sanphet – Ayutthaya, Thailand
Wat Phra Si Sanphet is one of the most impressive ruin sites on the island of Ayutthaya. Three chedis stand as the highlight of the complex surrounded by a large park dotted with rubble. The Chedis’ construction was completed in 1499 and are said to contain the remains of deceased Thai kings. Wat Phra Sanphet once housed a giant golden buddha but it was stolen during the pillaging of the Burmese attack in 1767. Get here early to avoid the flocks of tourists or bring a lunch and rest in the shade.
Cost: 50 baht ($1.75)
Wat Phra Si Sanphet’s chedis
Flowers lay on a stone buddha statue in the garden at Wat Phra Si Sanphet
The replacement stone buddha for the golden statue stolen during the Burmese raid of 1767
The replacement buddha statue
The remains of the royal temple at Wat Phra Si Sanphet
Crumbled bricks litter the garden and ruins of Wat Phra Si Sanphet
The chedi that holds the remains of King Borommarachathirat III at Wat Phra Si Sanphet
Chedi at Wat Phra Si Sanphet
The chedi that holds the remains of King Ramathibodi II at Wat Phra Si Sanphet.
The resting place of kings
Cengiz Yar Jr.