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Wat Phra Mahthat

Ayutthaya, Thailand
035-246076
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Ranked #4 of 31 attractions in Ayutthaya
Type: Ancient Ruins, Monuments/ Statues, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Traveler Description: Also known as Wat Maha That. more »
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Lots of photographic opportunities. Lots to see but 1-2 hours is all that is needed. Often appears busy but the crowds do not stay long. Early morning /evening is best

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We came to this little town specifically because of the Buddha in the tree. I totally thought it was going to be so much bigger, but it wasn't. A tiny disappointed because I have seen pictures of this and thought it was bigger. oh well off the bucket list. The ruins around the head I think are more magnificent then... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Amazing ruin, second only to Wat Chaiwattaranam. The Buddha head in the tree roots is the main attraction but the rest of the site is also very nice. To avoid the crush of tourists go alone rather than with a tour group. It can get very busy with the buses arriving but just wait 10 mins and it'll clear out... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

One of the key temples making up the Ayutthaya historical park, Wat Mahthat is famous mostly for the Buddha head statue lodged inside the roots of a tree. It does make for an iconic photo. Like most of the temples in Ayutthaya, Wat MahThat is in an advanced state of ruin but is a pleasant place to wander around particularly... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

All in ruins, as every temple in Ayutthaya. It is famous for the stone Buddha head entwined in tree roots- just amazing! Legend says that people used to steal Buddha heads in the past to make money off them and this one was left behind, in the trees. The roots grew around it and authentic photos can be taken there.... More

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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

It is very nice and beautiful. We didn't take any guide but still enjoyed walking around and readng some facts from our own thailand travel books. It's worth visiting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

wat para mahthat is one of the first stops in the historical park. I would say that this temple attraction requires around 1 hour. The main attraction here turns out to be the buddha head which you see almost immediately after you enter the complex. Try to get to ayutthaya early if you are visiting during the peak tourist season... More

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Magelang, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

With the most popular Buddha Head, this place is really popular. Spend 1 to 2 hours to walk around this place. The area is large and ruins, which make this place more interesting. The weather quiet hot, especially if you come here at noon. So prepare water and umbrella if you didn't like hot weather.

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Sundsvall
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Really interesting and it's easy to spend some time here. If you're in Ayutthaya you should visit this park. It's not just the buddhahead but it is the whole place and ruins. Here are some pics http://beammedown.blogg.se/2014/february/wat-phra-mahathat.html

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haikou
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Let me start by saying I had a *ton* of fun here. However, the informational signage and the audio tour were terrible and there was (is) so much more I want to know about the complex, the history of the complex, the history of the restoration, what various things mean and and and and ... Didn't even mind the other... More

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