Also known as the temple of great relic, Wat Mahathat is revered as one of the most important temples in the Kingdom of Ayutthaya as it once served as the centre of Buddhism in the region.
Erected in 1374, Wat Mahathat houses Buddha relics and played a great role in the royal affairs of the kingdom – the King held many important ceremonies here. The enormous monastery is home to a large prang, principal viharn and ubosot, and numerous small viharns and chedis. The most photographed spot in this complex is the stone Buddha’s head that has intertwined with the roots of a tree. Visiting here can make you feel like you’ve been transported in Angkor Wat – this religious site has taken inspiration from the temples of the Khmer people.
Wat Mahathat is located inside Ayutthaya National Park, an island surrounded by Pa Sak, Chao Phraya, and Lopburi Rivers.
Opening Days and Hours
The place is open daily from 8:30 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance fee to Wat Mahathat is USD 1.20 per person.
How to Get There
- Board a train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya.
- You can also take a taxi from Bangkok to Ayuttahaya.
- If you’re interested in a tour, you can avail of the Thai River Cruise which offers boat cruises from Bangkok to Chao Phraya. This tour makes a stop at Ayutthaya.
- Solo travelers/ backpackers
Time to Spend
Suggested duration in this attraction is 1 hour.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Not every place in the national park is shaded. Make sure to visit as early as 8:30 so you can explore more without worrying about the heat.
For food, you can head to 29 Steak, Baan Khun Phra, Chai Nam, Krua Baan U-Thong, Malakor, and Tony’s Place.
- Wat Phra Sri Sanphet
- Wat Ratchaburana
For accommodations, you can choose from The Park, Tony’s Place, Busaba, Ban U Thong, Ayutthaya Retreat, and Krungsri River Hotel. Rates range from USD 25 to USD 80.