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Wat Na Phra Men

Wat Na Phra Men Ayutthaya

  • Wat Phra Men is an important site to visit. It is still substantially in its original condition and was not destroyed by the Burmese. In fact the Burmese used the location from which to fire canon into the fortified City. It is located north of the Royal Palace Site but on the other side of the river (Khlong Sa Bua) which defines the northern boundary of the walled City. Originally it was called Wat Phra Meru Rachikaram and was constructed about 1503 during the reign of King Ramathibodi.   In 1835 and again in 1838 it was renovated during the reign of Rama III of the Bangkok Chakri dynasty. Accordingly the art, structures and decorations are of different styles. It is also famous for its Mon period stone Buddha image.

The Ordination Hall

  • The Ordination Hall is a very important site. To the front the carved gable with lacquer and glass mosaic depicts Vishnu mounted on Garuda. Both stand above the head of the mythical Rahu. All of the these are surrounded by some twenty six ‘’angels’’ carved in wood. Inside the Hall are important architectural forms of the period and the principal Buddha image. The eight pairs of octagonal columns with lotus bud tops support the roof structure. The design and colors of the roof are depicted here in images.

The Mon Period Stone Buddha Image.

  • The Mon Period stone Buddha image is located in the small Vihara on the east side of the Ordination Hall. This Viharn was constructed about 1835 during the reign of Rama III. It is believed that the Mon period image was one of two Dvaravati Mon period images in stone brought to Ayutthaya from Nakhon Pathom. The other Mon image is now located in the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum, also at Ayutthaya.   
  • This stone image has several features to be noted which distinguish it from other Dvaravati Mon works of art.   These features are, the two hands each rest on a knee unlike other postures in art form from Thailand, a short hemline in the clothing exposes the left knee in a style adopted during the Tang period in China and the halo around the Buddha’s head depicts ‘’tongues ‘’ of fire which is often seen in Chinese works and unlike those of Thailand.