Our sweat were dripping hot as we troop around this Ancient City named as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. There are several buddhist temples and point of interests that covers this old city. To begin with is Wat Mahathat.
Wat Mahathat was built in 14th century by King Rachatirat to house a relic of the Buddha. Similar to as any of the temples, stupas and chedis are scattered around. You can see a lot of Buddha images but perhaps the most recognizable image from Thailand is the Buddha entwined within the roots of this fig tree.
This iconic symbol can be found in Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya. One thing to remember is, it is a sacred place so politeness must be observed. The presence of a guard and a chain is surrounded on the site so visitors cannot come too close to the much-revered statue and as for the photo ops, it should be taken from a kneeling position.
Just opposite of Wat Mahathat is Wat Ratchaburana. This Wat was built to house the remains of the two elder brothers of King Borom Ratchathirat II, who died in a power struggle following after their father, King Intharatcha I. As soon as you enter this ruins, you will see the tall tower in Khmer-style prang and brick walls on the side. You can climb the prang for nice views of the area. And also, inside is a little exhibit and paintings still visible on the walls.
You have probably seen a lineup of sitted Buddha statues dressed in safron robes from postcards or random images, well, if you see that picture, that is Wat Yai Chai Mongkol in Ayutthaya. Or maybe, if you wanna see another huge reclining buddha with a length of 15 metres, this is the place to be. It was the great victory of King Naresuan in the battle over the Burmese, that this temple was restored and got its name as "Chai Mongkol" or "Auspicious Victory".
Another temple most famous for the large reclining Buddha is Wat Lokayasutha or "The Temple of the Earth". The white washed Buddha measures 37 meters in length.
Phra Mongkhon Bophit houses a seated Buddha image, one of the largest bronze Buddha images in Thailand measuring approximately 9.5 meters across the lap and a height of 12.5 meters without the pedestal.
Ayutthaya is surely worth a visit of its rich history. Must include in your itineraries!!!