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
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  • 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
    1,934 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
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RoverP
Inverness, UK740 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Dating back to the 14th century, this site has been extensively pillaged, but some extraordinary buildings remain. Well worth a visit.
Written April 7, 2024
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Thieuke
Huizen, The Netherlands385 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Business
It has very much a ruins feeling. I would not come all the way from bangkok to see this. On top if it is hot it is unpleasant there. Not worth the trip
Written March 16, 2024
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Cassandra Hillary
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Some of the temple buildings have collapsed but are still intact and can still be seen in their original form. The place is comfortable, not too busy, so you can walk leisurely along each of the best spots.
Written February 26, 2024
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Jessica Kohler
Moscow Oblast, Russia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Historical buildings in Thailand. This is where the temple ruins are but still looks very cool. The historical feel is felt here, especially when you see the head of the Buddha statue wrapped around tree roots. Great visit!
Written February 25, 2024
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Simon B
Ayutthaya, Thailand4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Really amazing that these monoliths still stand within the modern town of Ayutthaya. It is well worth the visit coming here even if it is just a day tour out of Bangkok
Written January 31, 2024
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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.

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.

John K
Costa Mesa, CA1,396 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
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.

Written September 4, 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
1,934 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.

L N
Bristol, UK337 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
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.
Written May 13, 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.

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