Exploring Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya, Thailand

Wat Maha That sign in Ayutthaya, ThailandIn the old Siam capitol of Ayutthaya, there are many interesting ruins that stand as a reminder of the past and some of the events that led to the founding of modern day Thailand. One of the most popular and impressive ruins is that of an old temple named Wat Mahathat.

The construction of Wat Mahathat began in 1374 and the majority was completed by 1395. Over the years different kings added to and expanded the Wat, with the main prang being significantly increased after it collapsed in the 1620’s.

The temple was burned during the sacking of Ayutthaya by the Burmese in 1767 and has been left to ruin since then.

Entrance to the ruins costs 50Baht (it’s the same for most of the sites in Ayutthaya), and then you are free to wander around the site for as long as you like.

Ruins of Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya, Thailand

Buddha at the Ruins of Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya, ThailandAs I wandered through the site I was pleased to see that the ruins are being well looked after. The local Buddhists obviously still see it as a sacred site, as many of the Buddha statues have been carefully restored and cared for.

Ruins of Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya, ThailandBuddha in the Ruins of Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya, Thailandcarvings at the Ruins of Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya, ThailandRuins of Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya, ThailandOne of the most popular attractions in the site is the head of a Buddha statue that has been grown over by a type of strangler fig tree. One of the most photographed objects in Thailand.

Buddha head in a tree at the Ruins of Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya, ThailandIf you love wandering around ruins and seeing historical sites, take a trip to Ayutthaya on your next trip to Thailand.

Ruins of Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya, ThailandRuins of Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya, ThailandHave you been to Wat Mahathat or any of the other sites in Ayutthaya? I’d love to hear about your experience.

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