During the early Ayutthaya era, Wat Maha That was considered as the important religious focal point 1 in 5 “Centre of the City” where the Buddha’s relics were housed and the residence of the Supreme Patriarch or leader of the Thai Buddhist monks. At that time, the temple was the venue of important royal ceremonies and celebrations. Later King Borommatrailokkanat, he ordered a new establishment of Wat Pra Si Sanphet and from then on the centre of the city was moved to Wat Pra Si Sanhpet instead.
If you look closely, you will find several intriguing structures from many periods of restorations. This shows us that the temple has been considered a very important sacred place in Thai history. It is a shame that the main prang collapsed during the King Ramesuan era, but was restored. It collapsed again during King Rama V the Great’s reign (1904), so only the foundations of the main prang remain at present.
From the excavations at Wat Maha That, the relics of the Buddha were found and were safely placed in the seven-layered casket buried in the main chamber of the principal prang. The secret chamber was uncovered in the ruins; among the treasures found inside were gold jewellery, a gold casket containing a relic of the Buddha, and fine objects. The treasures found are now displayed at the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum. As time has passed, the principal prang now does not have much remaining, but the brick details at the four sides of the base indicates that this temple was built by the Ayothaya architects who were influenced by the ancient Bayon architectural art at that time.
(source : Brochure >> The dawn of the Ayutthaya kingdom ,Tourism Authority of Thailand)
Location : Wat Mahathat
Go to destination : Wat Mahathat
(Date taken : Dec 8,2015)
No.1 : The Octagonal Chedi
No.4 : Ordination Hall (Ubosot)
This is one place you should not miss to visit.Enjoy your trip.
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