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Temple of the Royal Restoration (Wat Ratchaburana)

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Address: Pratuchai Phra Nakhon, Ayutthaya, Thailand
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This Temple was most interesting.The difference from others is that you are able to enter the centre of the Prang and descend steps to a small chamber where there are murals on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
TrevorTJM
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Bristol, United Kingdom

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Temple was most interesting.The difference from others is that you are able to enter the centre of the Prang and descend steps to a small chamber where there are murals on the walls and ceilings. In this small chamber they found many gold artefacts unfortunately many of which were stolen before they were collected. Those that were collected are... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Wat Rat(cha)burana was built ages ago as a cremation site for two princes who killed each other in battle fighting the succession to their father's throne. The third prince finally was crowned king. Admission fee 50 Baht. Pretty close to Wat Mahathat. Opposite there are a few small food vendors. Before (and after) you get in, have a look at... More 

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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

you get the boat to start timely, so you do not have to rush like crazy... speeding is a favorite sort of the boatsmen, but all the splashing and bumps make it almost impossible to take pictures on the way... except for the speedy skippers, would have been a delightfull cruise, could we have had a slower pace... the temle... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

It was great to be to go inside. However, the steps are quite steep so would be a challenge for small children or someone who is not womewhat physically fit. Also, there are bats high on the wall inside so don't be startled.

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Thank JamaicanExplorer
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

The ruins themselves are nothing spectacular, there are many similar structures in the main site. However, if you climb to the top of the stupa you get a great view. Go inside and you can climb down into a tiny little crypt where the walls are covered in beautiful paintings. It is worth it just for this! Be warned though,... More 

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Coquitlam, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

You can go up the big prang and enjoy the view of the temple grounds below, and you can also go all the way down to the bottom of the prang to check out some fresco paintings on the walls of the small area down there (where there's also some square-shaped area that looks like a big safe box) by... More 

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Thank Myo M
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 via mobile

Like I said, it is next to the Wat Mahathat. You only have to pay a fee of 100 baht. You can walk around for hours but you have seen everything in 30 mins. A tip: walk upstairs. You get to see a beautiful view!

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Thank Eliza K
Udaipur, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

it was great place to learn history of royal thailand , architect is super . one can imagine the grandeur of old days . it is the place where royal family keeps ashes of their loved ones with treasures . some wall murals /paintings are also restored .

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Thank manjula72
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Its an ok temple if youre into it, but there are many other temples that is more exciting. Worth a visit.

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Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Really beautiful ruins in Auytthaya. The main prang is undergoing restoration, but you can still walk up and go inside and walk down the very steep steps to the tomb inside. You can still see wall paintings and murals all around the inside--watch out for bats in the main chamber! It was awesome.

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