Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Ayuthaya, Thailand

21st Sept, 2009, we were in Ayuthaya touring the magnificent ruins there. It is a pity I planned only a single day for this wonderful place, with just four hours in hand we were hurriedly hopping from Wat to Wat. Some of them were small so it didn’t take much time but a couple of them were big huge ones covering acres of land. Wat Phra Si Sanphet was one such place. There was lots to explore in the ruins there and the 45mins we spent there was just not sufficient.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet(Do click to enlarge the pics and view.)

Wat Phra Si Sanphet 2
Wat Phra Si Sanphet pagoda ayuthaya
Wat Phra Si Sanphet was originally built in 1448 and was used as the kings chapel. The royal palace was later converted in to a monastery. The three main Chedis belonged to 15th century, they enshrine the ashes of three Ayuthaya kings. There was a 17m tall bronze standing Buddha image which was covered with gold. It was made in 1500 during the reign of the ninth king of Ayutthaya, King Ramathipodi. Buildings were renovated in 16th and 17th centuries.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet ruins(Seated headless Buddha images.)

Wat Phra Si Sanphet buddha images
In 1767 the invading Burmese tried to melt the gold of the image, but in the process the image and the temple was destroyed. Nothing much was visible about this image. It was ruins all around, the bricks crumbling to dust and soon will be in level with ground. Lot of greenery all around, and the site is well maintained, one of the Wats where they have an entrance fee of 150bahts for foreigners. A grand place to visit, if you are ever there.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet 3

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27 Responses

  1. Jo says:

    Wow, Indrani, beautiful captures. I'm sure you'll return there and take more time to see it,Please do tell: what is a WAT? Regards Jo (North Africa)

  2. Ishtar says:

    What an intriguing place!

  3. Any reason for these steep conical roofs in these historic structures?

  4. She Writes says:

    It lloks like ancient magic!

  5. Anu says:

    looks beautiful!!1 by the way, what are those black structures in the second-last pic? they look like the images of snakes we have in our temples!!

  6. sujata says:

    These pictures remind me of the temples of Bali, esp the angor wat. Lovely description along with the pictures.

  7. beauty is everywhere 🙂

  8. Trotter says:

    Hi Indrani! Sorry for the delay, but a new year always brings new troubles… 😉

    Gorgeous pictures. Ayutthaya is definitely a never ending source of beauty!!

    Meanwhile a new blog is born: Blogtrotter Two! Hope you enjoy at least as much as the previous version and look forward to reading your comments!
    Have a great weekend!!! Gil

  9. Onkar says:

    Interesting narration and lovely pictures. I liked the angle in the first one.

  10. maiaT says:

    Beautiful places with great history.
    Thanks for the beautiful journey you offer with the help of your detailed presentation.

  11. Anya says:

    Very great shots,
    looks funny those towers with pointed shape 🙂
    Nice to see your girls !!

    Have a relaxing sunday (@^.^@)

  12. Babli says:

    Wish you and your family Happy Makar Sankranti.
    I appreciate for your wonderful post. I liked it very much. The place is very nice and beautiful.

  13. radha says:

    Very nice pictures once again.

  14. YOSEE says:

    Impressive ruins !

  15. J says:

    It's a nice change to see pictures from Thailand with a moody greyey sky instead of a cloudless blue on. I also really like the angle in the first shot.

  16. Thailand is a beautiful place with wonderful Architecture !! I Would certainly visit it some day !! Till the time will enjoy your beautiful post !!:)

  17. Always had this attraction towards buddhism and their place of meditation. very informative

  18. Kalpana says:

    Amazing photos Indrani. I don’t know how I suddenly discovered this 6 year old post of yours but I’m glad I did.

  19. Nikitha says:

    the ruins look so amazing, I wonder how blissful the unimpaired site would have been! Beautiful images!

  20. Arun says:

    Thailand has so much more to offer, like Wat Phra Si Sanphet, other than the regular things which people generally opt for! Great article, Indrani.

  21. Such an Beautiful ancient structure, reminds us of the Angkor Wat Temple.

  22. Interesting place. Great captures 🙂

  23. Mridula says:

    I have not visited Ayuthya till date. Looks like I am missing out on a lot of beauty!

  24. Ami says:

    Ayuthaya has been on my to-do list for a while. I wonder when I can go 😀

  25. Fascinating history and rightly said such places can never be covered in a hurry.

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