Wat Phra Ram: Ruins of Ayutthaya, Thailand

Wat Phra Ram was actually the first of the ruins that we came to when we visited the ancient Siamese Capitol of Ayutthaya, Thailand. It is certainly not as impressive as the larger ruins of Wat Mahathat and Wat Chaiwatthanaram, however it still has some interesting ruins to check out.

Towers and chedis at Wat Phra Ram in Ayutthaya, Thailand

Towers and chedis at Wat Phra Ram

The actual date of the construction of Wat Phra Ram is unknown due to several different references, however it was built sometime between 1369 and 1434 on the cremation site of the first King of Ayutthaya. Similar to most Khmer style buildings of that time, the temple consists of a large central prang (tower) with smaller towers surrounding it. There are also chedis and other interesting ruins to explore. Wat Phra Ram is located next to a picturesque lake and close to the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, so it’s only a short walk or bike ride away from this central part of the Historical Park of Ayutthaya.

Archway at Wat Phra Ram in Ayutthaya, Thailand

An archway at the entrance to the temple

A chedi at Wat Phra Ram in Ayutthaya, Thailand

A chedi at Wat Phra Ram

Lake at Wat Phra Ram in Ayutthaya, Thailand

The lake next to the temple – A peaceful place to take a walk

 

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