Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
4.5
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • fire-tower
    2,890 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely one of the must-visit of you are in Ayutthaya
    We visited Wat Mahathat on a Thursday afternoon when we were in Ayutthaya. This is one of the oldest and most significant temples in the history of Ayutthaya and it has the iconic Ayutthaya style Buddha image in the tree root, where there was a queue of visitors to take pictures of. Definitely one of the must-visit of you are in Ayutthaya.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 July 2023
  • John K
    Costa Mesa, California2,447 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see temple
    This temple was definitely worth a visit. I'll let my photos tell the story, but be sure to wander slowly through the grounds and let your imagination wander back 900 or so years. There were ramps for those in a wheelchair to access the main part of the temple grounds.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 September 2023
  • Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed
    Dhaka City, Bangladesh1,534 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Buddha Head inside Tree roots
    This is the ancuent temple area that possesses the Buddha head inside a tree roots. One of the greatest and biggest Buddhist temple premises of Ayutthaya. The magnificent place fir tourists and history lovers. Actually , a number of temples ate there that are all ancient ruins. Nonetheless, all these are well maintained and clean enough. It costs 50 baht for each foreigner. Toilet is there outside the area.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 September 2023
  • dyhx
    5,963 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buddha head wrapped in tree roots
    One of the many temple ruins in Ayutthaya, but this one certainly looked more 'unrestored'. The main stupa in the middle has collapsed due to looting of the treasures that used to buried 50m beneath it.  Many of the Buddha Statues have the heads missing and while there are piles of them in a corner, they are beyond restoration and cannot be matched back. Except for 1, where you can see the neck is made of cement connecting the stone head and body.  The highlight here is the Buddha head wrapped in the roots of a Banyan Tree. Somehow it has fallen perfectly in place and over the years, the tree grew around it. Clean toilets here too but charges a fee of THB5.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 September 2023
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Joe R
Chicago, IL618 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
A wonderful place to visit and see. I totally recommend. I came here in a tour with Klook and it was wonderful experience.
Written 26 May 2024
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George T
Edmonton, Canada316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
My favourite historical temple in Thailand there is so much to learn about Thai history and culture My second visit and I will go again
Written 20 April 2024
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Shelley M
Albany, New Zealand889 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This was the first Wat we visited. We caught the train to Ayutthaya from Bangkok which was a pleasant journey as we left early. Walked down the lane opposite the station and crossed using the little ferry and walked 10 minutes. Quite large grounds and very photogenic especially the buddha in the tree and we made sure to be respectful and get low when taking photos of the buddha head. Really enjoyed this Wat and got some lovely photos to remember.
Written 19 April 2024
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Candice M
Swanley, UK770 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
So glad we got to see this, some really interesting buildings and the tree with the head of a buddha embedded was extraordinary. Our visit was guided by Piyaporn from 'With the locals' and she really brought the history to life.
Written 15 April 2024
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RoverP
Inverness, UK741 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Dating back to the 14th century, this site has been extensively pillaged, but some extraordinary buildings remain. Well worth a visit.
Written 7 April 2024
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Thieuke
Huizen, The Netherlands574 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Business
It has very much a ruins feeling. I would not come all the way from bangkok to see this. On top if it is hot it is unpleasant there. Not worth the trip
Written 16 March 2024
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Cassandra Hillary
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Some of the temple buildings have collapsed but are still intact and can still be seen in their original form. The place is comfortable, not too busy, so you can walk leisurely along each of the best spots.
Written 26 February 2024
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Jessica Kohler
Moscow Oblast, Russia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Historical buildings in Thailand. This is where the temple ruins are but still looks very cool. The historical feel is felt here, especially when you see the head of the Buddha statue wrapped around tree roots. Great visit!
Written 25 February 2024
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Simon B
Ayutthaya, Thailand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Really amazing that these monoliths still stand within the modern town of Ayutthaya. It is well worth the visit coming here even if it is just a day tour out of Bangkok
Written 31 January 2024
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dyhx
Singapore5,963 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
One of the many temple ruins in Ayutthaya, but this one certainly looked more 'unrestored'. The main stupa in the middle has collapsed due to looting of the treasures that used to buried 50m beneath it. 

Many of the Buddha Statues have the heads missing and while there are piles of them in a corner, they are beyond restoration and cannot be matched back. Except for 1, where you can see the neck is made of cement connecting the stone head and body. 

The highlight here is the Buddha head wrapped in the roots of a Banyan Tree. Somehow it has fallen perfectly in place and over the years, the tree grew around it.

Clean toilets here too but charges a fee of THB5.
Written 28 September 2023
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