Wat Phra Si Sanphet
Wat Phra Si Sanphet is Ayutthaya’s most important temple. It has stood as a geographical and spiritual landmark for almost 200 years.
Also known as the Temple of Buddha Si Sanphet, Ayutthaya kings and the royal family exclusively used the temple – it was a royal temple sans the monk residents. This spacious monastery is home to bell-shaped stupas, a large viharn with a 16-metre tall gilded Buddha, and smaller chedis and chapels by the dozen. Despite the ruin brought about by the Burmese army, Wat Phra Si Sanphet is still a glorious sight to behold – its three bell-shaped chedi command attention like no other. Exploring the place can give you a glimpse of how lavish royalty was in ancient Ayutthaya. Give utmost respect to this place – this is a heritage site.
Wat Phri Si Sanphet is located in Pratuchai Subdistrict, Ayutthaya.
Opening Days and Hours
Wat Phri Si Sanphet is open daily from 8:00 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to Wat Phra Si Sanphet is THB 50 or USD 1.5.
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 that offers boat cruises from Bangkok to Chao Phraya. This tour makes a stop at Ayutthaya.
- Take a taxi to Wat Phra Si Sanphet.
- Solo travellers/backpackers
Time to Spend
Suggested duration in this attraction is 1 to 2 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to go is between 8:30 to 10:00, and 15:00 to 16:30.
For food, you can head to 29 Steak, Baan Khun Phra, Chai Nam, Krua Baan U-Thong, Tofu Cafe, Burinda, The Forest Cafe, Malakor, and Tony’s Place.
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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.