Apinan Buahapakdee of the
Authority of Thailand
The monastery is located on the bank of
the Chao Phraya River to the west of the city island. The
existing main prang or Khmer-style towers and pagodas found
at the corner of the monastery are still in relatively good
The robust columns of the scripture halls
is the most outstanding feature of this temple.
Wat Choeng Tha
This splendid temple, surrounded by
fascinating ruins, has been recently restored by the Fine
Arts Department and features beautiful frescoes.
The temple is located on the southern side
of the city of Ayutthaya. While there is no record of its
actual date of construction, it was built before Ayutthaya
was founded as the capital. The principal image in the "Viharn",
or central sanctuary, known as "Phrachao Phananchoeng",
was built in 1325 A.D. and is highly revered.
It is a golden Buddha 19-meters high made
of stucco and featuring the Maravijaya (Victory
over Mara), a posture in which evil is subdued. Buddhist
scriptures relate that as Buddha embarked on his search for
Nirvana, Mara, the Buddhist equivalent of Satan, attempted
to disrupt his meditative state by invoking a series of distractions
such as tempests, floods, feasts and young maidens. Buddha
ultimately triumphed over these temptations hence the posture
is called Maravijaya, Victory over Mara.
Kasem Palace National Museum
The Chan Kasem Palace which now houses the
National Museum was built during the reign of King Maha Thammaraja,
the 17th king of Ayutthaya, for his son, Prince
Naresuan. The palace was destroyed at the time of the Burmese
invasion of Siam and was subsequently reconstructed by King
Mongkut, (Rama IV) for use as a residence during his visits
The Museum houses some of the sculptural
masterpieces from the Lopburi and Ayutthaya schools.