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
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
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
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
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
Admire Golden Royal Regalia in the prang (tower)
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.
Wat Ratchaburana is located just opposite to Wat Mahathat. After visiting Wat Mahathat, tourists simply cross Naresuan road to reach it.
After the death of King Intharachathirat in 1424 AD, his two sons, Chao Aye Pharya the ruler of Suphanburi and Chao Yi Phraya the ruler of Phraek Sriracha or Sanburi, fought over the succession to the throne. The battle resulted in the death of the two brothers in front of Wat Chao Sam Pharya.
A third son ruling over Chainat came to Ayutthaya and ordered a royal funeral. Wat Rachaburana was built at the site of the cremation according to his wishes.
A tall laterite main prang stands on a square platform surrounded by four chedis situated at the four cardinal directions. There is a stair to the prang on the east side. This is considered as Thai prang style due to its high platform, whereas Khmer style tends to use a lower platform. A large porch protrudes to be a grotto in front of the prang. Unlike the Khmer style, this corn-cob shaped prang is adorned by tipped spears at the top. Besides these construction elements, Khmer prang, often called prasart, were built for housing Hindu deities, whilst the Thai prang is for Buddhist relics and Buddha images.
Golden Buddha images as well as regalia were kept in the prang vault until thieves stole the valuable items in 1956 AD . Only some treasures were left and currently they are housed in the room of Wat Ratchaburana's golden items in Chao Sam Phraya Museum.