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The current configuration of the temple and
1605), who reportedly gave it the name “Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon” to
commemorate his victory over the Burmese occupiers he ousted from Ayutthaya in 1592.The temple was destroyed by the Burmese in 1767 and restored by the Thais in 1957. Thetall
that stands an estimated 30 meters (100 feet) is almost as high as the one at WatPhu Khao Thong;its more slender profile that rises in the middle of urban Ayutthayaobscures its true height.
The temple is perhaps best known for its seven-meter (23 feet) long reclining Buddha
constructed during King Naresuan’s reign. One of the largest outdoor reclining Budd
hasin Thailand, it was restored in 1965 and is now a major tourist attraction in Ayutthaya.The large
that dominates the temple complex has a square base with smaller
on each corner. It rises to a platform with great views of the city. As you ascend the steps,a large Buddha statue greets you at the top with a calm nod. Above the platform rises abell-shaped tower with an octagonal base that tapers to a point; a chamber on the westernside with Buddhist relics serves as a prayer shrine. The temple complex unfolds below in
all directions, from the monks’ quarters and ordination hall to the west to a garden with
several large Buddhist statues to the east. Manicured lawns with groomed trees andruined chedi grace the north and south flanks.