When picking up a postcard in Ayutthaya, you are very likely to see Wat Chaiwatthanaram, the most impressive temple in the city. It is a giant temple complex built in Khmer style that lies on the west bank of Chao Phraya River and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.
Behind the translated name "the Temple of Long Reign and Glorious Era", Wat Chaiwatthanaram bears a touching story. In 1630, the temple was constructed by the king Prasat Thong in memory of his mother's residence in that area and as the first temple of his reign. When walking close to the temple, you will be amazed by its 35-meter-high tower-like spire, which is surrounded by a group of small same kind and chapels. The interior walls are decorated with paintings vividly depicting the life of the Buddha that covers the exteriors. Serving as a royal temple, Wat Chaiwatthanaram also used to be the holy place for princes and princesses' cremation.
If you want to learn the ancient history in a Thailand tour, visit Wat Chaiwatthanaram, one of the must-see attractions inside the city and worthy of the status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A 13-Day Thailand Tour with Wildlife will take you to this gorgeous site.
Other temples of the same rank are Wat Mongkhon Bophit, Wat Phra Mahathat, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, and Wat Ratburana.