Wat Ratchaburana (Temple of the Royal Restoration), Ayutthaya

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Wat Ratchaburana is a Buddhist temple in the Ayutthaya Historical Park, Ayutthaya, Thailand. The temple's main prang is one of the finest in the city. Located in the island section of Ayutthaya, Wat Ratchaburana is immediately north of Wat Mahathat.HistoryWat Ratchaburana was founded in 1424 by King Borommarachathirat II of the Ayutthaya Kingdom and built on the cremation site of his two elder brothers. The two brothers had fought to their deaths in a duel for the royal succession to their father Intha Racha.In 1957 the temple's crypt was looted of a large number of Buddha images and gold artifacts. The thieves were later caught, but few of the treasures were recovered. Some that were recovered are now housed in the nearby Chao Sam Phraya Museum. Subsequent excavations of the crypt have uncovered many more rare Buddha images.Architecture and artThe temple's central prang has undergone restoration. Original stucco work can be seen, for example Garuda swooping down on nāga. Other mythical creatures as well as lotus are featured. Four Sri Lankan stupas surround the main prang.
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  • This was my first temple in the city, and the entry was 50 Baht. 220 Baht if you want a multi ticket for 6 temples in total. Great value. The ground were large and open. Many stupas surround a main... 
    This was my first temple in the city, and the entry was 50 Baht. 220 Baht if you want a multi ticket for 6 temples in total. Great value. The ground were large and open. Many stupas surround a main...  more »
  • Wat Ratchaburana locates just next to Wat Mahathat. So you must visit both. This temple was built since the 14th century and become one of the most impressive temples in the Ayutthaya Kingdom for... 
    Wat Ratchaburana locates just next to Wat Mahathat. So you must visit both. This temple was built since the 14th century and become one of the most impressive temples in the Ayutthaya Kingdom for...  more »
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  • What to say? It's a UNESCO world heritage site. Huge temple grounds, well maintained. There is another "next door" and many around the old city. Worth a ramble; much to see and marvel at.
  • Great place to go fish the fish. The upper part has a lot of Buddha's you can pray to. But you can also "wai" on the lower level.

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