Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Bangkok Trip: Wat Maha That / Monastery of the Great Reli in Ayutthaya


The sun shines so much brighter this morning, when I woke up. The flowers smell sweeter and the grass look greener. Hehe, I'm in a cheery mood apparently. Little things make me happy =)

Today, you're lucky enough to get to lay your eyes on one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Thailand, Wat Maha That aka "Monastery of the Great Reli". But before showing you the actual images, I shall just brief you through a little history of Wat Maha That, written on one the notice boards there.

"Wat Maha That is located to the east of the grand palace. It is the royal temple and most sacred in Ayutthaya during the glorious time. Buddha relics were enshrined in the Mahathat Chedi (the principle pagoda). This monastery was once the residence of the Supreme Patriarch.

According to Ayutthaya chronicle, Mahathat Chedi was starting to be built in the reign of Phra Borom Rajathirat I (Khun Luang Pha -Ngua) in 1374 and completed in the reign of King Ramesuan.

In the reign of King Song Tham, the principal pagoda collapsed through the foundation but it was restored later in the reign of King Prasat Thong.

This monastery was destroyed and had been burnt in the last war between Ayutthaya and Burma in A.D. 1767 and was left ruined."

Bangkok Trip: Wat Maha That

Bangkok Trip: Wat Maha That
One of the many satellite Vihara.

Bangkok Trip: Wat Maha That

Wat Maha That Ayutthaya
The famous Buddha head in tree roots.

Bangkok Trip: Wat Maha That
False windows of the Royal Vihara.

Bangkok Trip: Wat Maha That
Base of the main prang - quincunx.

Bangkok Trip: Wat Maha That

Bangkok Trip: Wat Maha That
Tourists are warned not to act silly by placing their heads on the sitting Buddhas when taking photos.

Bangkok Trip: Wat Maha That

Bangkok Trip: Wat Maha That

Bangkok Trip: Wat Maha That

Bangkok Trip: Wat Maha That
Alrighty! Gotta start preparing dinner for tonight. Yes, I'm cooking again!!! Byeeeeee~

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