Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
4.5
Historic SitesAncient RuinsArchitectural BuildingsReligious SitesMonuments & Statues
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Plan your visit
See what travelers are saying
  • L N
    Bristol, United Kingdom337 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely
    Very lovely site, even though it was put to the torch by the Burmese, and all the statues of the Buddha broken up. You can see a Buddha head trapped in the roots of a tree. Would have liked to spend more time wandering around but could not due to the 38 degrees heat and high humidity.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 13, 2023
  • fire-tower
    1,935 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely one of the must-visit of you are in Ayutthaya
    We visited Wat Mahathat on a Thursday afternoon when we were in Ayutthaya. This is one of the oldest and most significant temples in the history of Ayutthaya and it has the iconic Ayutthaya style Buddha image in the tree root, where there was a queue of visitors to take pictures of. Definitely one of the must-visit of you are in Ayutthaya.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 1, 2023
  • John K
    Costa Mesa, California1,396 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see temple
    This temple was definitely worth a visit. I'll let my photos tell the story, but be sure to wander slowly through the grounds and let your imagination wander back 900 or so years. There were ramps for those in a wheelchair to access the main part of the temple grounds.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed
    Dhaka City, Bangladesh1,056 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Buddha Head inside Tree roots
    This is the ancuent temple area that possesses the Buddha head inside a tree roots. One of the greatest and biggest Buddhist temple premises of Ayutthaya. The magnificent place fir tourists and history lovers. Actually , a number of temples ate there that are all ancient ruins. Nonetheless, all these are well maintained and clean enough. It costs 50 baht for each foreigner. Toilet is there outside the area.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written September 12, 2023
  • dyhx
    3,496 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buddha head wrapped in tree roots
    One of the many temple ruins in Ayutthaya, but this one certainly looked more 'unrestored'. The main stupa in the middle has collapsed due to looting of the treasures that used to buried 50m beneath it.  Many of the Buddha Statues have the heads missing and while there are piles of them in a corner, they are beyond restoration and cannot be matched back. Except for 1, where you can see the neck is made of cement connecting the stone head and body.  The highlight here is the Buddha head wrapped in the roots of a Banyan Tree. Somehow it has fallen perfectly in place and over the years, the tree grew around it. Clean toilets here too but charges a fee of THB5.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 28, 2023
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles3,282 reviews
Excellent
1,851
Very good
1,122
Average
283
Poor
21
Terrible
5

Kaushik G
Mumbai, India4,069 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Solo
Wat Mahathat is one of the 5 big temples in the historical city of Ayuthaya. Here I had purchased combined ticket for 220 baht which allows visit to the 5 big temples in Ayuthaya. The pagodas dedicated to Lord Buddha are mostly in ruins here but the main attraction of this place is the head of the Lord Buddha amidst the roots of a giant tree. Like other tourists, I also enjoyed clicking pics here with the unique tree in the background.
Written July 19, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

CKF
CT2,203 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Of all the amazing ruins scattered around Ayutthaya, Wat Mahathat will likely have the largest crowd. Everyone is wanting to photograph the very unusual sight of a Buddha face in a tree. There is a guard strictly enforcing the rule of sitting down in front of the tree before someone takes your picture (no standing).

After working your way through this crowd, the remainder of the property is also interesting and worth exploring. A must see while in the ancient capital of Siam!
Written January 2, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Archie Jain
Noida, India105 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Wat Mahathat is a UNESCO world heritage site. The temple is famous for the Buddha's head under the Bodhi tree. The temple was ruined by attacks on the Ayutthaya city and now what we can see are the remains of the attack. The site is beautiful.
The place is not covered thus it's better to visit on non-sunny days and to be prepared with umbrella and sunglasses. Also since it is a temple, you would require to wear clothes covering your knees and elbows.
Written January 15, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Daniel K
Los Angeles, CA18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
It is fine to go there and take a look once. Too many tourists around. It was hard to take a picture. Please pay attention to the sign: it says you must take pictures on your knees to pay respect to Budha. The security will watch you and if you stand he will ask you to erase the picture.
Written January 7, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Perry H
San Diego, CA1,825 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Much older than most the Temple/Palace settlements but still amazing architecture and statues. Great pictures and it covers a larger area. What is cool is the Buddha head which a tree has grown around. Great place to add to your itinerary.
Written January 28, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA8,574 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
It's name translate to "Monastery of the Great Relic" and believed to house a relic of the Buddha. The temple dates back to the 18th century, even precedes the founding of Bangkok. It is one of the most important landmarks of Ayutthaya. It is currently the headquarters of the Mahanikai School of Buddhism, Thailand's monastic order.

A crumbling complex in the middle of lush grassland. It feature traditional Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat style, headless Buddha statues, chedis, and the famous stone head Buddha entwined in the roots of a tree. It is one of the most photographed spots in the temple.

Written October 21, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed
Dhaka City, Bangladesh1,056 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
This is the ancuent temple area that possesses the Buddha head inside a tree roots. One of the greatest and biggest Buddhist temple premises of Ayutthaya. The magnificent place fir tourists and history lovers. Actually , a number of temples ate there that are all ancient ruins. Nonetheless, all these are well maintained and clean enough. It costs 50 baht for each foreigner. Toilet is there outside the area.
Written September 12, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

dyhx
Singapore3,496 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
One of the many temple ruins in Ayutthaya, but this one certainly looked more 'unrestored'. The main stupa in the middle has collapsed due to looting of the treasures that used to buried 50m beneath it. 

Many of the Buddha Statues have the heads missing and while there are piles of them in a corner, they are beyond restoration and cannot be matched back. Except for 1, where you can see the neck is made of cement connecting the stone head and body. 

The highlight here is the Buddha head wrapped in the roots of a Banyan Tree. Somehow it has fallen perfectly in place and over the years, the tree grew around it.

Clean toilets here too but charges a fee of THB5.
Written September 28, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

fire-tower
1,935 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We visited Wat Mahathat on a Thursday afternoon when we were in Ayutthaya. This is one of the oldest and most significant temples in the history of Ayutthaya and it has the iconic Ayutthaya style Buddha image in the tree root, where there was a queue of visitors to take pictures of. Definitely one of the must-visit of you are in Ayutthaya.
Written July 1, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

caroler54
Sedro Woolley, WA201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
we had a day tour through a travel agency and booked the trip when we got to Bangkok. A van took us to this site and several others throughout the day. It was VERY HOT (temperature). The vehicle we traveled in was relatively cool in between sites. Lots to see. Great history and our guide was very informative and enthusiastic! Our trip was in the spring of 2019. It won't let me choose that date.
Written September 5, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 1,252
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya

Frequently Asked Questions about Wat Mahathat


Restaurants near Wat Mahathat: View all restaurants near Wat Mahathat on Tripadvisor


All Ayutthaya HotelsAyutthaya Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Ayutthaya
All things to do in Ayutthaya
Day Trips in AyutthayaBoat Tours & Water Sports in AyutthayaAmusement Parks in Ayutthaya
RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars