Sights & Attractions
DailyOperating time: 07.00 - 17.00
Category : Educational gardens, Temple, Historical Sites & Monuments
Attraction Details :
Wat Mahathator WatMahathat Yuwarajarangsarit Rajaworamahavihara is located at Phra That Road near Sanam Luang Park in the Grand Palace sub-district, Phra Nakorn district near Silpakorn University. This place is considered one of the 10 royal temples of the highest class in Bangkok and an ancient temple constructed during Ayutthaya period formerly known as Wat Salak.
Somdet Phra Bawornrajchao Maha Sura Singhanat had the place renovated during the same period as the Grand Palace and Front Palace (Phra RajawangBovornSathanMongkol) in 1783. Later, the name of Wat Salak was then changed to Wat WatNippanaram.
Later, King Rama I had used Wat Nippanaram as a location for revising the Tripitaka in 1788.
He also gave a new name to the temple known as Wat Phra Sri Sanphetch.
After KromPhra RajawangBovorn had deceased, King Rama I then renamed the temple “Wat Mahathat”. In 1896, he gave some of the money of King Rama V to renovate Wat Mahathat and named it “Wat Mahathat Yuwarajarangsarit”.
The highlights include ubosot, Phra Viharn, Phra Montop, Pho LangkaorViharnNoi, The PeepulTree (Bodhi Tree) and education institute for Buddhist monks called “Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University”
Inside WatMahathat Yuwarajarangsarit Rajaworamahavihara’s ubosot, there is “Phra Sri Sanphetch”, the Buddha image since Rattanakosin period. The image features the gold plated attitude of subduing Mara with 5.16 meters long measure highly respected by Somdet Phra Bawornrajchao Maha Sura Singhanat at the Front Palace of King Rama I.
Wat Mahathat is one of the 6 royal temples of the highest classand also the first higher education institute for Buddhist monks known as Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University.