Wat Phra Sri Sanphet was built by King Boromatrailokanat in 1448 and reported as one of the best-preserved in Ayutthaya. A large standing Buddha image, Phra Sri Sanphet, appears when you enter the gate, which was named after the temple. The image, with a height of 16 meters and covered more than 300 pounds of golden, was destroyed when the Burmese sacked the city and burned the temple to the ground. King Rama I installed the core pieces of the image in a chedi that was known later as Wat Po. Today you can see three large chedis used to contain the ashes of its builder and his two sons. They are considered the models for the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok.
Opening from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm daily, the temple is located on the wide plain of Chao Phraya River, a point where you can see a perfect natural loop. Those who are interested in Thai history should allow some time for this marvelous ruins, which closely links the past in a nostalgic way.
Want to visit Ayutthaya with a stopover at Wat Phra Sri Sanphet? Contact us to make it. There are also temples in the area worth visiting: Wat Chai Wattanaram, Wat Mongkhon Bophit, Wat Phra Mahathat, and Wat Ratburana.