Chandrakasem Palace

The Ayutthaya period is considered one of the most glorious eras of Thai history. Read more

At the present, Chandrakasem Palace has been transformed into a national museum displaying antiques and historical objects found from Ayudhya period. The place used to be the front palace and the rersidence of the King’s son, the crown prince of Ayudhya Kingdom. Read more

Inside the palace, there are numerous beautiful and interesting attractions. Read more

Chao Sam Praya National Museum houses various archaeological objects and antiques discovered in Ayudhya province. These objects, including ancient treasures from Ratburana Temple, Mahatat Temple, and Sri Suriyothai Chedi, are invaluable in terms of historical and cultural importance for historians and archaeologists alike. Read more

This is one of the most important temples of Ayutthaya. The highest pagoda of Ayutthaya Temple is the tallest in the province. This is a very popular attraction that both Thai and foreign tourists love to visit especially at weekends. Read more

This is a very old temple constructed in the early Ayutthaya period along the route of King Naresuan’s army. Because of the shallow waterways, the army could move all year long. Read more

Apart from being the location where the Buddha’s relics are enshrined, Wat Pramahatad is also the place where statues of the Kattukam and Rammatep kings are kept. This is an ancient temple with a delicate structure. It has been maintained by the Ayudhya Kings and the Rattanakosin reign. Read more

Wat Pramahatad Woramahaviharn is one of the most important royal temples in the south of Thailand. This temple was built during the reign of Tam Porn Ling Kingdom with the Srivichai architecture style. Read more

Though the name is not too familiar, Wat Sa Tue of Ta Rua district is very well-known among locals of Ayudhya province. The giant reclining Buddha image of the temple is held sacred and often grants the wishes of those faithful Buddhists who come to pray. Read more

After the second fall of Ayutthaya, most of the temples and palaces were destroyed. However, Nag Phra Men Temple was the only one not burnt down because it was located close to the royal palace around which the Burmese army billeted. The temple was built in 1504, the era of Somdet Phra Ramathibodi II. King Rama III ordered its reconstruction including the chapel. Read more

Ayutthaya Elephant Kraal Pavilion can be found in the Ayutthaya historical park. In the past wild elephants would be trained here to become war or transport animals. Read more

Chao Ram Cave is significant both for historical and environmental aspects. A stone inscription of King Ramkhamhaeng The Great is found here. The Sila Buddha image is currently housed at Wat Thung Saliam at Thung Saliam district. Read more

Ayutthaya has a reputation of being the Venice of the east. Rivers and canals cover areas resembling a spider's web. While the royal institute uses barges for ceremonies and Royal Barges’ processions, many other people also use boats for commuting. Read more

This temple was originally named Wat Suer and considered the temple of the second king from the Ayudhya Kingdom. King Mongkut had this temple restored and changed its name to Wat Saena-sanaram. This temple perfectly reflects the art of King Mongkut’s reign. Read more

Wat Tammikarat is a royal temple surrounded by many large pillars. It is one of the biggest royal temples of the Ayudhya Kingdom. Despite some damage, it still shows traces of embellishment. Originally, it was the enshrinement of Luang Por Tammikarat – the villagers called him Luang Por Kae (old) since he had an old face. One of the biggest Buddha images made by U-thong artisans is today preserved in the Jao Sampraya National Museum. Read more

Wat Panomyong is the ancient temple of the Panomyong family. The politician Preedee Panomyong built a house here. This temple was built during the Ayudhya reign and was later abandoned. It was restored during the reign of King Rama V. Read more

This temple was built during the Ayudhya Kingdom by King Oo-Thong. Wat Puttaisawan is one of the oldest temples surviving from this time. It is one of the five main stupas of the Ayudhya Kingdom. Read more

The layout of the temple boundary of Wat Ratchaburana and Wat Mahathat is nearly alike. Wat Ratchaburana , however, is in better condition. Numerous golden Royal Regalia can be found inside its prang crypt. Read more

SACICT covers a large area on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. There are also other interesting places such as Pla palace, Suan Nok (bird garden). An event is held by the SACICT at the Chao Phraya River annually during Loy Krathong festival, which is very popular. Read more

The architecture of the Front Palace

At the present, Chandrakasem Palace has been transformed into a national museum displaying antiques and historical objects found from Ayudhya period. The place used to be the front palace and the rersidence of the King’s son, the crown prince of Ayudhya Kingdom.

Apart from the Front Palace, Ayudhya Kingdom also had two more palaces; the Royal Palace and the Back Palace. The Royal Palace was resided by the King and the Back Palace was the house of other members of the royal family.

The Front Palace was built by King Thammaracha to be the residence for his son, Prince Naresuan, in the year 1577. The Front Palace became the residence for the person who would next inherit the throne including King Baromakote and King Narai. The Front Palace was severely damaged during the Burmese invasion of 1767, partially because of its close proximity to Mahchai Fortress where the city walls were breached. It was later renovated by King Rama IV. Jaturamook Pavillion and Piman Rattanaya Throne-Hall were also added to the place, which was renamed to Chandrakasem Palace, on March 26th, 1853. Currently, the palace showcases a wide variety of Ayudhya and Rattanakosin antiques.

Location: Ou-Thong Road, near Hua Ror Market, Ayudhya

What to see: Jaturamook Pavillion was a half-teakwood-half-concrete building decorated in traditional Thai style with the whole set of complete gable apex. The roof is delicately tiled with the exquisite Chinese carved tiles. This building contains antiques such as old Buddha images, ancient weaponry, and royal utensils.

Piman Rattanaya Throne-Hall is a group of 4 buildings constructed in western style. The front of each building faces an open area in the middle. Today, these buildings display antiques such as traditional craftworks, altar tables, and royal thrones.

Pisaisunluck tower is a 4-story tower initially built by King Narai. It was later renovated by King Rama IV to be an observatory tower.

Mahat Thai Building, a one-story teakwood structure, was built in the period of Phraya Boran Rachatanin as the government office. Several rooms in this building are used to show celadon utensils and traditional five-colored Thai ceramics.