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Wat Ratchaburana Ayutthaya


Wat Ratchanabura Ayutthaya


  • King Boromrachathirat II ( also known as Chao Sam Phraya ) ascended to the throne after his two elder brothers killed each other in a battle over succession to the throne. He built this Wat at the sight of their deaths, to house their burial remains. The main prang with its stucco decoration stands very much intact.
  • Historians accept that the Wat was constructed in the mid 15th C. This is recorded in ancient documents and also confirmed by the findings of Arab coins from this period found in the fault.
  • Wat Rachabutana has three porticos facing east, north and south. The ruins of various satellite chedi and the walls of viharns surround it. There is a two-level crypt inside the main prang, and visitors are able to go down the steps to view the fine 15th century mural paintings that are preserved there.
  • The lower level murals are of Chinese influence, while the upper level depict stories of Buddhism and Buddha’s lives.
  • During excavation and restoration in 1957, many valuable artifacts including regalia, Buddha images and gold votive tables were found. In all the Thai Fine Arts Department discovered in a three story vault beneath the Wat,gold jewelry and art treasures, 100,000 votive tablets and more than 100 kilograms of gold. They are now exhibited in the Chao Sam Phraya Museum. 
  • Flanking the base of the Chedi are stucco images of Yaksha demons and animals of the Himavana mythical forest.



Wat Ratchanabura Ayutthaya



Wat Ratchanabura Ayutthaya