Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya

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Visit the temple of Wat Mahathat to see the famous Buddha head peering out from behind the roots of a majestic tree. Within the grounds of a historical park and World Heritage Site, this renowned temple includes excellent information panels throughout. You'll learn about the country's history and discover the architectural and spiritual influences the Kingdom of Siam has on contemporary Thai culture. Plan to see Wat Mahathat and other attractions that appeal to you using our Ayutthaya trip itinerary builder tool .
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  • Expect a lot of grunge than I thought and the overall feel of the park or see the best but disappointed many of the places it was one of the
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  • If you are hunting not only for experiences but for photos, you must stop here for taking pictures of the famous Budda head inside the tree. As well it used to be one of the oldest monasteries in Ayut...  more »
  • This is definitely a long stop to make when visiting the historical park of a bygone era. The Buddha in the tree, pictured is definitely a wonderful photo op.  more »
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  • Very beautiful. Foreign people have to pay a fee. In this Temple is where you can see the Buddha face in the tree. Probably the most famous symbol of the Ayuthaya city. Also the ruins are really amazing and you can see all the figures (except 2) without head or body parts. This Temple suffered the war and it is easy to observe such thing...
  • Magnificent temple, but I wish they opened it early for sunrise and golden hour photographers. The sunset may be a better experience. Do some reading beforehand for the best times for photography. I would ask permission for early morning. Next time.
  • Highlight of this place for me, is the Buddha face embedded in the tree. The tree somehow has wrapped itself around this beheaded Buddha statue head. The place is mostly in ruins coz of the war. Walking around the ruins, you can't help but wonder at the grandeur of the place at its prime... Courtyard that have Buddha statues lying in ruins are mostly what’s left. Beheaded ones were quite a few. Personally, having been to quite a few pagodas, seeing this lying in ruins was quite a sad thing for me. Fortunately there are a few others in the vicinity that you should visit
  • I went right before closing. It was so peacful as there weren't many people. And the sun was setting so it was gorgeous.
  • ruins are beautiful man. there is a nearby lake allowing you to rest. during our visit, there was also unesco world heritage fair.

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Boasting very popular sightseeing attractions, the city of Ayutthaya offers plenty of choice when it comes to accommodations. Encircled by rivers, the town center provides everything from budget guesthouse rooms to more exclusive hotels, occupying architectural landmarks from the colonial era. Outside of the center, expect to find motels and budget accommodation next to main roads, and pricier resorts and hotels nestled up to attractive rivers.
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