The Adventure Chronicle

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)

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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.

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6 responses

  1. Tony Z, the elder

    Photographs fit for a king.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:34 am

  2. AuntieM

    Gorgeous.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:28 pm

  3. Solid.

    January 24, 2010 at 9:22 pm

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