Wat Phanan Choeng

Attraction Wat Phanan Choeng Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Thailand Published on: 17-06-2016

1 hour
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:00 AM
First-time visit
Must see
Temple & Monument
0.60 USD

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Wat Phanan Choeng is a Buddhist temple in the city of Ayutthaya, Thailand, on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River at the south-eastern side of the confluence of the Chao Phraya and Pa Sak rivers.

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Why Wat Phanan Choeng is special ?

Wat Phananchoeng is in the southern part of the city near the Pasak river. There is evidence that Phra Chao Phananchoeng, a large sitting Buddha image was built in 1324. The legend of the temple says that King Sai Nam Phung of Ayutthaya built this temple in memorial of his deceased wife, Queen Soi Dok Mak, who passed away in a boat in front of the site of Wat Phanan Choeng. He then established a temple on the spot and named it Wat Phra Chao Phra nang Choeng.

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What to explore at Wat Phanan Choeng?

The stucco Buddha image is 19 meters tall and had undergone a restoration in 1928 because his face fell off. The restorer was Prof. Corrado Feroci with the Thai name "Prof. Silpa Bhirasi", an Italian artist, the President of the Silpakorn University, and the first person to teach fine arts in Thailand using Western method.

This temple has maintained a special relationship with the Chinese since the Ayutthaya period. It is believed that the Buddha image was partly restored by a famous Chinese eunuch known as Zheng He. To pay respect to the image is to pay respect to Zheng He (Zheng He is a great Chinese traveler who was listed by Times Magazine to be one of the tenth people the world should know about. He was born in 1371 and became a court eunuch.) at the same time.

Ine Chinese community also built a cemetery at the back of the temple and the Chinese ways come here to pray during important occasions.

Wat Phananchoeng has a pretty large compound. A lot of thai people really devoted in Wat Phananchoeng. It is just likes Maha Myat Muni Pagoda in Mandalay, Myanmar. No admission fee applied so far. If you are a Buddhist, this place is a must see place for your itenary.

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Selling points

  • A Lovely Temple
  • A Beautiful giant Buddha
  • Nice temple with lots of people
  • For a memorable trip
  • A great temple to pray
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Wat Phanan Choeng Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Thailand

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Tips for you

  • You can rent a bicycle to go around Ayuthaya.
    Things to do
  • Besides the Golden Buddha, there are other two main prayers rooms not to be missed.
    What to see
  • It's a great place for taking photos
  • It's better to go with a tour which organize a route with many destinations in Ayuthaya.
  • Don't visit it at Songkran as it's super crowded.
  • Be appropriately dressed as a mark of respect to Buddhism.
    What to wear
  • Next to this temple is a Chinese Goddess of Mercy temple, facing the river.
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