Wat Mahathat

Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya

Wat Mahathat
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites • Monuments & Statues
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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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melkeet
Ipoh, Malaysia1,361 contributions
Jul 2019
This is an archaeological and religious site famous for the Buddha head. It is just across the road from Wat Ratchaburana. We bought a combi ticket which gave access to this, and 5 other wats at 220 Baht. There are sign boards illustration on its history and significance.

The vast compound has a central prang standing on an elevated platform at the centre of the temple surrounded by four smaller ones at the corners and chedis. The compound is quite Vast and well maintained. The centre of attraction here is a Buddha head surrounded by roots of trees. There is often a crowd here jostling to get photographs, especially when the buses come.

The place bound to be hot weather, therefore carry a hat, sun lotion and lots of water. May be best to visit in the early morning or latter evening after the tourist crowd from outstation have left. We spent about 90 minits here. Transport in the form of Tuk Tuk is easily available
Written June 29, 2020
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Ronald L
Denver, CO2,338 contributions
Mar 2020
Visited Wat Maha That Pagoda. History starts in 1374. Pyramids called stupa or
Chedi. Round top structures = prang. Sitting Buddha = pedestal. The square wall recesses have a block of stone called balustrades that depict flowers or objects. You can either take a quick walk around the complex, of course stopping at the Buddha in the tree, or you can take your time and read some of the history. If you want more information you should probably hire a guide. Well maintained.
Written April 9, 2020
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Kaushik G
Mumbai, India4,068 contributions
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
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CKF
CT2,111 contributions
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
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Archie Jain
Noida, India105 contributions
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
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Daniel K
Los Angeles, CA17 contributions
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
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Perry H
San Diego, CA1,823 contributions
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
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caroler54
Sedro Woolley, WA196 contributions
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
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nitinatsangsit
Bangkok, Thailand3 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
We went to Wat Maha That by public transportation. We took the train from Bangkok then the songthaeo, quite convenient, used ayutthayabusmap.com to find their routes.

The wat is interesting, we walked around for about 2 hr.
Written February 13, 2020
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Beth
Bristol, UK895 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Very similar to lots of ruins sites across the country. Charges 20 to 100 baht on entry. Requirement to cover shoulders and knees. Lots to walk around and look at. But very little information in the form of signs as to what you're looking at, why it's in ruins, what happened, why was it built etc...if it is there its it's in Thai and unreadable to any Westerners.
Written January 14, 2020
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