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Temple of the Royal Restoration (Wat Ratchaburana)

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Address: Pratuchai Phra Nakhon | Tha Wa Su Kri, Ayutthaya, Thailand
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Visit the crypt! See the murals!

Just a stone's throw away from its famed counterpart (Mahathat), this site is where the tomb of two princely brothers are to be found. Ascend the large central Prang, because... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Melvin M
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Singapore, Singapore

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a trek but once inside, there is another narrow staircase down, and then down again, to see some marvellous ancient murals - quite faint but still just visible and extremely rare. You feel like you are really entering the holy of holies.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just a stone's throw away from its famed counterpart (Mahathat), this site is where the tomb of two princely brothers are to be found. Ascend the large central Prang, because within it is the access the crypt of these royals of Ayutthaya. Descend 15m into the depths of the Prang to see murals, wall paintings that decorate the final resting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The nice thing if you have your own transport is the exploring. Many people think this attraction is part of Wat maha that but its not. the entrance is only a few meters down the road from there. Because of this there is less tourists. Wat Ratchaburana was built by King Borom Ratchathirat II at the place where both his... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wat Ratchaburana, or “the temple of Royal Restoration” was built in 1424 by King Borommarachathirat II as a memorial to his brothers. It was built in Khmer design and resembles early temples of Angkor. At the center is a large corncob shaped prang on an platform. It's quite amazing and along with all the other structures is a very interesting... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Do not miss the stupas and the ruins of this temple! You can enjoy them together with detouring the park of this temple. The temple is accessible either by hiring tuktuk or bicycle. Tuktuk will be the best choice if you do not have too much time to make a tour in the old city - you will have free... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

Just as good as Wat Mahathat just across the road but with not as many visitors. There are many towers and stupas and the ground covers a large area. The best part is the main prang which you can climb up and then descend down a very steep staircase to view the faded frecoes. It was once full of Buddha... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

This is a temple you can not only climb, but also get right into its bowels, which is a rare treat for most temple visitors in Thailand. Currently undergoing extensive restoration.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

One wonders what the majesty of this and other sites were truly like before they were destroyed. The ruins themselves snd the site is beautiful but its sad about the history and effectively somebody trying to destroy another culture. Sonething that still echoes today. Something to apreciate..respect and maybe reflect

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

I found this to be the most beautiful and most complete of the several ancient Wats visited in Ayutthaya – much of the walls are still standing and you can get a better idea of how impressive this temple must have looked – the central Prang is well preserved / restored and has a number of statues high up on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017 via mobile

Going places with 3 kids (9,7,1.5) is a challenge, but this was a great place to let the kids see history with a chance to stretch their legs. We cautioned them to be respectful and ask questions about the ruins. Kids, at least our kids, love ruins, exploring and using their imagination. Recommend that you dress appropriate. Caution, steep steps,... More 

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