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Wat Na Phra Mane is located on the right bank of Lob Buri River in north of the Ancient Palace. King Ramathibodee 2 commissioned constructing it in 1503. Originally, its name was “Wat Phra Merurachigaram”. King Maha Chakkapat used this temple to make a contract with King Burengnong for ceasing fighting in 1549 in a war called “Songkhram Changphuak (War of fighting on white elephants’ backs). Wat Na Phra Mane’s Ubosot
The temple was renovated three times, once in the reign of King Boromakot, and the other two in the reign of King Nang Glao in 1835 and 1838. The things we see nowadays are the mixture of the new things and the old things transferred from Ayutthaya period, the reign of King Buddha Lerdla Napalai, the third king of Rattanakosin (Bangkok) period, and King Bhumibol, the present reign. Remarkably, this temple was not destroyed when Ayutthaya was lastly defeated.
The Ubosot contains 9 rooms with 41 meters long. It was situated on a high base that makes the Ubosot visibly large and high. The temple has been renovated until the reign of King Buddha Lerdla Napalai, and the Ubosot’s gables were carved wood primed with black lacquer and covered with gold leaves. The gables were also decorated with pieces of colored glass, and the wood was carved in figures of the god, Vishnu (in Thailand called Phra Narai or Narayan) mounted on Garuda standing on naga’s head and on top of the demon head, Ra-hoo (A monster supposed to cause eclipses by taking the moon and the sun) surrounded by a group of 26 gods placing their palms against palms. There were three doors as entrances into the Ubosot. The top of the large middle door panel was decorated like roof of a casle, and the door was used only as the entrance of very important people. The door mentioned was later blocked and leaving only a high window.
Inside the Ubosot, there are 8 pairs of huge octagonal pillars with budding lotus supporting the wooden roof structure. The wooden beams are beautifully carved and the ceiling adorned with wood carving in stars and the moon in the sky. (Reference :www.ayutthayastudies.aru.ac.th )
Go to Destination
Location : Ayutthaya ,Thailand
Arrival : Wat Na Phra Mane
( October 19,2014 )
This is one place you should not miss to visit.Enjoy your trip.
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