This is the 9th vlog of our 2-day trip to Ayutthaya from Bangkok. In this video we will talk about 3 more interesting Buddhist Temples - Buddha Temples Ayutthaya, who visited in a private tour on the second day of our trip.
★ WAT NA PHRA MEN or Monastery Before the Funeral Bonfire (Thai: วัด หน้า พระ เมรุ ราชิ กา ราม),
An interesting operating temple. The temple was built during the reign of King Ramathibodi II in 1503. The most interesting object of the temple is a statue of Buddha. It was made of gypsum, coated with metal and then gold. It is 4.4 meters wide and 6 meters high. On the territory of the temple there is a small Viharn, where is another unique image of a seated Buddha. The image was carved from green stone. The image is quite ancient, supposedly from the 7-8th century
The appearance of the temple at present is not too different from the original, since it was not destroyed by the Burmese. Interesting story of Wat Na Phra. During the 18th-century Siamo-Burmese conflicts, Burmese King Alaungpaya attacked Ayutthaya and mounted cannons near the temple to threaten the nearby Royal Palace. But the gun exploded, and mortally wounded the king. The Burmese armies, which subsequently attacked Ayutthaya and destroyed large sections of the ancient city, due to superstition and fear of the death of their former king, spared the temple.
★ KING NARESUAN MONUMENT (MEMORIAL PARK FOR KING NARESUAN)
The monument was built on the spot where the battles against the Burmese took place. The Naresuan Statue serves as a reminder of the value of independence and national pride.
The marble pedestal and metal construction are topped with a monument to the armed king of Naresuan on a horse. This is a reflection of the famous battle in which Naresuan killed the Burmese general with the blow of his spear. In each corner of the monument there are replicas of weapons that the king used to defeat his enemies (spear, sword, pistol and helmet).
Visitors to this memorial may be perplexed by the multitude of cocks statues in place. Some of these cock statues are taller than human height. These cocks are part of the legend that we talked about in our previous video. Following the release of the popular Naresuan King movie, rooster statues began to appear in temples throughout Ayutthaya.
★ CHEDI PHUKHAO THONG or THE PRINCIPAL PAGODA (Thai: วัด ภูเขาทอง)
Golden Mount Temple ”(Golden Mount) is an amazingly beautiful 50 m chedi or Buddhist tower near Ayutthaya. The massive pagoda rises in the middle of rice fields and can be seen from afar. There are not many tourists here.
In 1569, having conquered Ayutthaya, the Burmese king decided to build a large mon-style chedi in honor of his victory, next to the Buddhist temple Wat Phu Khao Thong. However, only the square base of the pagoda was erected. Prince Naresuan in memory of the declared independence of Ayutthaya in 1584 ordered the construction of Thai-style chedi on this basis. This pagoda was then rebuilt many times by Thai kings.
Wat Phu Khao Thong Temple is one of the tallest Thai temples. Visitors can climb to the observation deck of the pagoda, which offers beautiful views of the countryside, the surrounding rice fields and memorial park for King Naresuan. The tunnel on the upper base of the pagoda leads to a Buddhist shrine located in the center of the stupa. In 1956, the government installed a 2.5 kg gold ball on top of the chedi to celebrate the 2500th anniversary of the Buddhist religion. The temple is open from 8:00 to 17:00. The entrance is free. Nearby is a monastery
★ WAT LOKAYA SUTHA or WAT LOKAYA SUTHARAM, Temple of the Earth (Thai: วัด โลก ย สุธา ราม)
Wat Lokayasutha, also known as Wat Lokkayasutharam, is one of Ayutthaya's best attractions that you should not miss in this historic park. There are almost no tourists. Ayutthaya's Reclining Buddha is located in a ruined temple complex. The Buddha himself is very impressive 40 m long, 8 m high. The name of this statue is Phra Buddha Sai Yat. Buddha's head rests on a lotus flower. This is the largest reclining Buddha of four in Ayutthaya and is the second largest in Thailand - after the reclining Buddha in Bangkok. The statue was once located in its own chapel (wiharn), but it was destroyed. Found the foundations of 24 columns around. Now the Buddha lies in the open. Near the statue there is a small altar where visitors can make offerings. Parts of a miniature copy of the reclining Buddha on the altar are covered with gilding by visitors. In 1954, the Reclining Buddha was restored. The entrance is free.