Wat Phra Si Sanphet is one of the holiest temples in Thailand, located in the ancient capital dubbed as ‘Ayutthaya’, which was destroyed in the year 1767 by the Burmese. The temple then became one of the most stunning and beautiful shrines which served as a model for Wat Phra Kaeo in Bangkok.
About the Wat Phra Si Sanphet
The temple has three bell-shape chedis. The chedis are known as a symbol of Ayutthaya. It is located in the centre of old capital, which is prime area. The temple Wat Phra Si Sanphet was built by the Boromatrailokanat King in the year 1448. Today, it is one of the largest and also the best preserved one on the island. The shrine got its name from the large image of Buddha, which is erected from 1503. The Buddha image is 16-meters tall and was coated with around 150-kg of gold. After a period, the image was smashed into pieces and the city was sacked.
Then King Rama I collected remaining pieces and placed in Bangkok at Wat Po. Today, the three chedis were built to hold the ashes of King Boromatrailokant I, Boromatrailokant II and King Ramathibodhi. The place is known as typical Ayutthaya style with several replicas including the Buddha in Emerald.
The 3-chedis were surrounded by large monastery and enclosed by a thick wall. There is a small chapel, which is remnants of headless Buddha. The curves with ordinary bricks is quite interesting to see. Other than three chedis, there are other smaller one which is located alongside of the outer wall.
In initial place, the temple was directly connected to the royal palace, but then Burmese flattened the palace to ground level.
Today, the place is known as a great tourist destination. The Entry fee is around 10-Baht Thai nationals. The entrance fee is collected before entering the premises of Wat Phra Si Sanphet. The timing of temple for visitors is from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Use of the temple
The Wat Phra Si Sanphet was initially shrine of the royal family. The place was exclusively used for royal ceremonies. After Burmese conquered the island, they began to destruct & loot the place. The building was set on fire and the gold as looted after melting down.
Restoration of the heritage site was carried out in the year 1956.