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Wat MahaThat Temple, Ayutthaya , Thailand.

Wat MahaThat Temple, Ayutthaya , Thailand.

December 2019 · 3 min read · Tha Wasukri Subdistrict

Many people traveling to Thailand not only come here for the amazing foods , beaches or nightlife but also to visit temples that tell a lot of history about Thailand and the Wat Mahathat Temple in Ayutthaya which i had the opportunity to visit certainly told me a lot about Thailand culture and history.

Wat Mahathat Temple in Ayutthaya is a ancient temple which was built during the 14th century, but was reduced to ruins in 1767 when the Burmese army invaded Ayutthaya, the capital of Siam. Siam is now Bangkok city but Bangkok was call Siam many years ago.

Unfortunately this beautiful Temple in it's time when invaded by the Burmese army the temple was destroyed by the Burmese army and vandalized in many ways many Buddha images were destroyed and Buddha heads lopped off.

This is one of the very few remaining Buddha statues undamaged at Wat MahaThat Temple in Ayuthaya, Thailand.

This one iconic image that you will see again and again on postcards and in guide-books is this Buddha head entwined within the roots of huge Banyan tree. Nobody really knows how this Buddha head became entwined in the roots of this Banyan tree. It is just said that the Banyan tree just simply grew around the Buddha head during the period when the temple lay abandoned.

The Wat Mahathat Temple area in Ayutthaya remained abandoned and had lots of overgrowth over the remains it was registered as a National Historic
site by the Fine Arts Department on 8 March 1935 and in the 1950 's is when the Department of Fine Art started restoration work on the remains of the MahaThat Temple in Ayutthaya.

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The Wat MahaThat Temple was the residence of the Kingdom’s Supreme Patriarch and many Royal celebrations and ceremonies took place at this temple which is adjacent to the former Grand Palace. Today this Temple is the most visited from people around the world.

The Wat MahaThat is a Buddhist Temple in Ayutthaya, central Thailand and can be found at the following address.........

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Address: Naresuan Rd, Tha Wasukri, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000
Phone: 035 322 685

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