Ayutthaya Wat Langkha Dam and Wat Maha That

The trip to Ayutthaya runs smoothly and takes an hour. I note the wide road in Thailand so that the vehicle can drive up to 100 km / h although not on the highway. I went down in Soi 2 Naresuan Road. Not far from there are many shops that rent bikes. I chose a bike that looks most excellent condition and pay the rent 40 Baht. The shop owners are father and son, both Westerners living in Thailand. I commend the bag, and just bring a camera, water bottle and a map to get around Ayutthaya.
In accordance map of my trip, I passed the first objective is Rachaburana Wat, built in 1424 by King Borommaracha II after his two brothers were killed in the fighting elephants to fight over the throne. Both the king’s brother cremated and his ashes placed in two chedi and Wat Rachaburana was built as a memorial.
I went on to the next goal, namely Wat Chum Saeng. It is a place of prayer chedi with the main features of the tower with a shape like a bell. This tower has been eroded, but the top of the tower is still intact. Architectural style Wat Chum Saeng indicate monastery was built in the mid-Ayutthaya.
Across Wat Chum Saeng located Langkha Wat Khao shaped single bell-shaped chedi with an octagonal base, and the staircase steps up to the Oratory. Name Wat Khao Langkha a tile color (white), which formerly covered roof.
After one minute bike ride to the west, I arrived at Wat Thammikarat. Wat Thammikarat can be seen from the bell-shaped chedi surrounded by lions (singh) and many-headed dragon on the ladder. Wat Thammikarat allegedly been built before Ayutthaya became the capital of the kingdom. History tells Thammikarat Phraya, the son of King Sai Nam Phung, build this monastery. Two centuries later, Prince Si Sin, the sister of King Yot Fa (executed in 1548), had been imprisoned in or near Wat Thammikarat by King Chakkraphat. Prince Si Sin then strike suddenly royal palace through the Gate Sao Thong Chai (next to Wat Thammikarat). King Chakkraphat forced to flee from the court, but Prince Si Sin died was shot in battle. The whole family and the prince’s wife was executed and impaled as a warning for the planned uprising in the future. In 1758, a monk of the monastery were able to prevent a civil war by persuading the King Uthumphon to resign.
The next place I visited was Wat Sri Sanphet which is the beginning of the King’s Palace. Monk did not stay here because it is considered as a royal temple. Two bell-shaped chedi was built in 1492 by King Ramabodhi II. Easternmost Chedi containing the ashes of his father, King Borommatrailokanat (Trailok), central chedi contains the ashes of his brother, King Borommaracha III, while the west chedi contains the ashes themselves.
King’s Palace was founded by King U-Thong after establishing the kingdom in 1351. King’s Palace had been largely destroyed by the Burmese invasion in 1767. But few buildings still standing, among them the Rabbit Garden Pavilion, Building Suriyat-Amarindra, Building Vihara Somdet, building Sanphet-Prasat, building Chakravat-Phaichayon, Traimuk building, and the building Banyong-Ratanat.
Wat Rakang also known as Wat Worapho, is a broad area of ​​the ruins with some parts of the building still standing. The main stupa is a Khmer-style prang. Wat Rakang first became known to the King Sokham, who had served as the high monks in this monastery, and managed to get a lot of followers. He then left the life of the monk and became king after the overthrow of King Si Saowaphak.
Wat Worachetharam are ruins with many architectural buildings. The building that stands out is the bell-shaped chedi built during the mid Ayutthaya. A statue of Buddha in a position Taming Mara is located in front of the altar for prayer.
Wat ruins Lokaya Sutharam a large temples built during the late Ayutthaya, around the end of the 16th century. Famous of these temples are sleeping Buddha statue (42 meters long and 8 meters high) named Phra Buddha Sai Yat. The whole Buddha toes are the same length. The hand that sustains head made vertical, and not folded like a statue in the early Ayutthaya and U-Thong.
Wat Ket is located near the ancient prison and is one of the places for execution. The abbey was used by the accused to pray one last time, while other prisoners using this convent to beg forgiveness. There are 21 ways to execute as stipulated in the Law of Criminal Ayutthaya, including by way beheaded, impaled, internal organs removed, trampled by elephants, beaten with rattan and so on.
Wat Phra Ram founded in 1369. King Ramesuan ordered the construction of this monastery as the burial place of his father, King U-Thong, who was the founder of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. But it looks like Wat Phra Ram was completed in the reign of King Borommaracha I (1370-1388).
Ayutthaya Maha Prasat is the Buddhist temple to King U-Thong in Bung Phra Ram built by the Chakri dynasty. The hallmark of this building is a symbol that reflects the three pillars of Ayutthaya province.
Wat Jan was a statue of Buddha at the top, and an elephant kneeling while a monkey giving offerings. The significance of these figures is unclear because of a hidden history.
Wat Sangkha Pat is a single building in the area, with style Haripunchai or Lanna kingdom, which is the foundation octagonal, and the building is decreasing upwards. Very little can be known history of Wat Sangkha Pat. This monastery is located in the ancient canals that drain water to Bung Phra Ram from Khlong Muang (the old Lopburi River).
Wat Langkha Dam consists of three main buildings. In front is a prayer hall, behind him is a bell-shaped chedi of mid-Ayutthaya period. This building has a foundation octagonal with several levels to get to the inside. This building has a Khmer influence. Wat Langkha Dam so named because the roof is black. Because of the similarities the name implies, this monastery likely have relationships with Langkha Wat Khao.
Wat Maha That had been the Dvaravati settlements in the 12th century before the arrival of King U-Thong in 1350. But according to historical records, the construction of this monastery began only in 1374 and was completed in 1388. King Borommaracha I build this monastery as the spiritual center Ayutthaya, and is the official residence of the Patriarch of Buddhism. Wat Maha That famous with a Buddha’s head coming out from behind a tree root. Local people believe that the tree Buddha head lifted off the ground because these objects are very sacred.
My final destination is Wat Muang which was built during the late Ayutthaya.
Finally I managed to finish the entire route at 18:00. Not wanting to waste time, I then return the bike, took the bag and headed to where I got out of the minivan afternoon. Luckily it did not take long, because there is a minivan that will go to Bangkok. I explained to the driver I wanted to get off at Don Mueang International Airport.
The journey from Ayutthaya to the airport takes about 45 minutes, fortunately streets were jammed, because of the information I have ever read, traffic heading to Bangkok in the afternoon is severe. After going down, do not forget to pay the minivan 60 Baht, I went straight to the counter check-in, immigration and customs and into the departure area. Because there is still enough time, I then went around to the duty free shop to look for souvenirs. In essence, I was just trying to spend money Baht to not have to trade it back in Jakarta. Having to some snacks and a souvenir elephant, I then boarded the plane and returned to Tangerang.

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