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Wat Chaiwatthanaram in the Ayutthaya Historical Park

Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Wat Chaiwatthanaram is a Buddhist temple in the city of Ayutthaya Historical Park, called the most iconic by cultural historians, was built in 1630 by King Prasat Thong under the influence of the Khmer architectural tradition, the main example of which was the similar Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia.

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Chaivatthanaram Temple, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Wat Chai Watthanaram is located 80 km north of Bangkok on the territory of the ancient city of Ayutthaya, the capital of the former Siamese Kingdom. While Ayutthaya itself was a thriving economic center, Wat Chaivatthanaram was abandoned, decayed and looted, and the territories fell under unlicensed development. In 1987, after the illegal construction and demolition of buildings were stopped, the Thai Department of Fine Arts began to restore this place as an archaeological and historical value.

Ruins of Wat Chaivatthanaram Temple

Considered one of Thailand's most significant monuments, Wat Chai Watthanaram is located next to the historic city of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Wat Chai Watthanaram, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Located on a square stone platform, the central tower-shaped spire, 35 m high, is surrounded by four small spires, which, in turn, are surrounded by eight conical pavilions used as tombs for members of the royal family. Initially, the interior walls of the pavilions were decorated with frescoes, and the exterior walls were decorated with elaborate bas–reliefs depicting scenes of the life of the Buddha, as well as gilded statues with his image. Today, only fragments of these decorative elements remain.

Wat Chaivatthanaram in Ayutthaya, Thailand

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March 27, 2024

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