Thailand | Ayutthaya

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon Ayutthaya

Thailand Family Tour 2023

Ayutthaya | Thailand

30 Dec 2022 | Fri

  • Drive | Bangkok to Ayutthaya
  • Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon Ayutthaya
  • Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit Ayutthaya
  • Wat Phra Si Sanphet Ayutthaya
  • Wat Mahathat Ayutthaya Buddha’s Head in Tree Roots

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon Ayutthaya

Located just a short distance from the city center, Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon is a stunning Buddhist temple with a rich history dating back to the 14th century. As soon as you arrive, you’ll be struck by the temple’s towering chedis and intricate architectural details.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon Ayutthaya

One of the most impressive features of Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon is its massive reclining Buddha statue. At over 7 meters long and 15 meters high, it’s one of the largest of its kind in Thailand. The statue is adorned with intricate carvings and gold leaf, and its serene expression is a testament to the temple’s spiritual significance.

Reclining Buddha Statue at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon Ayutthaya

As you explore the temple grounds, you’ll also come across a variety of other impressive structures and monuments. The main chedi, which stands at over 60 meters tall, is adorned with ornate carvings and features a small shrine at its base. Nearby, you’ll find a smaller chedi with a golden spire, as well as several smaller buildings and pavilions.

One of the most popular activities for visitors to Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon is climbing the steps of the main chedi for panoramic views of the surrounding area. From the top, you’ll be able to see the temple’s many structures and the nearby river, as well as the lush greenery of the surrounding countryside.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon Ayutthaya

Another popular attraction at the temple is the monks’ quarters, which offer a fascinating glimpse into the daily lives of the temple’s resident monks. You’ll be able to observe their daily routines and rituals, and perhaps even participate in a traditional alms-giving ceremony.

Monks Living Quarters at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon Ayutthaya

Overall, Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in Thai culture and history. With its stunning architecture, impressive monuments, and spiritual significance, it’s no wonder that this ancient temple has been a favorite of locals and tourists alike for centuries. So come and experience the beauty and serenity of Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon for yourself, and immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Thailand.

2 thoughts on “Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon Ayutthaya”

  1. I notice every sitting Buddha is in the same pose, “Calling the Earth to Witness / Earth Touching Buddha”. Is the use of only one pose typical for most temples? To pick only one and use it for all the Buddha statuary? I understand this is the most common pose for Thai temples, but was just wondering if you’ve encountered any temples which like to “mix it up” on the poses?

    • Yes, from our experience visiting temples in Thailand, most of the Buddha images in Thailand are depicted in the ‘Calling the Earth to Witness’ posture. I’d say the second most common posture would be reclining Buddha. You often see different poses with the smaller secondary Buddha images around most temples (Wats).

      Did you know that Buddha Postures can represent the 7 Days of the Week? Each pose/posture holds a certain significance and represents a different personal meaning:

      Sunday: “Seven Days Looking” – Pang Thawai Net
      Monday: “Pacifying the Relatives” – Pang Ham Yati
      Tuesday: “Realizing Nirvana” – Pang Sai Yat
      Wednesday: “Holding Alms Bowl” Pang Umbat
      Thursday: “The Meditating Buddha” – Pang Samti
      Friday: “Contemplating Buddha” – Pang Ram Pueng
      Saturday: “Protected by the Naga King” – Pang Nak Prok


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