Ayutthaya & Bang Pa-in Summer Palace
Full Day Tour to Ayutthaya &
Bang Pa-in Summer Palace
(Go by Coach and Back by Cruise)
Bang Pa In, the Summer Palace, a former royal palace built since Ayuthaya period in early 17th century. Inside the palace, you can see a perfect blend of oriental and western architectural style with a vast garden and a large pond surrounded by elegant royal residential buildings and monumental towers. Observe the beautifully decor floating pavilion of Aisawan Thipaya, built in the middle of the pond and other royal residences such as Uthayan Phusthian (Garden of the Secured Land), Warophat Phiman (Shining Heavenly Abode), Wehart Chamrun (Heavenly Light), Saphakan Ratchprayun (Assembly Hall for Royal Relatives) and as well the Inner Palace and Outer Palace.
Wat Phra Mahathat (Temple of the Great Relics) is located almost right in the center of Ayutthaya. Apart from being the symbolic center where the Buddha's relics were enshrined, Wat Mahathat was also the residence of the Supreme Patriarch or leader of the Thai Buddhist monks. The temple is believed to be built during the 14th century A.D. (the early Ayutthaya period). The main prang collapsed during the Ayutthaya period, but was restored. It collapsed again in 1911, so only the foundation of the main prang remains at present. However, it can easily be judged from the size of the base, that the prang was quite high. As in most architecture of the early period of Ayutthaya, the main prang was the most important edifice in the temple compound.
Wat Phra Si San Phet is the construction of the Chedis of what is now named Wat Phra Si Sanphet, started probably during the reign of King Trailok (middle period of Ayutthaya). The three chedis are one of the landmarks of the Ayutthaya Historical Park.The compound was actually located within the Royal Palace grounds. There were no residing monks, and the temple was used for royal ceremonies and for storing royal relics. The three chedis are believed to keep the ashes of three Kings : King Trailok, King Borom Ratchathirat III, and King Rama Thibodi II, as well as Buddha relics.