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Temple of the Great Relic (Wat Mahathat)

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Address: Na Phrathat Road, Bangkok, Thailand
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+66 2 222 6011

Built during the reign of King Rama I, this temple complex houses houses...

Built during the reign of King Rama I, this temple complex houses houses Mahachulalongkorn Buddhist University, one of the most important sites of Buddhist learning in Thailand.

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Wat Mahathat

A very nice place to visit. More than an hour ride from Bangkok, Ayutthaya. Main attraction is the Buddha's head in tree roots. Most of the Buddha there are headless.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Manolito M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very nice place to visit. More than an hour ride from Bangkok, Ayutthaya. Main attraction is the Buddha's head in tree roots. Most of the Buddha there are headless.

Thank Manolito M
Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 14 December 2016

Learnt that this is one of the oldest Buddhism temples just a few minutes walking distance from the Grande Palace. Very well-maintained with friendly monks who explain about the history and the cultural heritage of this temple. Definitely recommended to visit.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 9 November 2016

this main temple of the mahanikai lineage of thai therravada buddhism, has a section 5 where meditation classes in english are given.

Thank MC Brigitte S
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Went to the complex for mediation class. Held at 7am, 1pm, 6pm. FREE! Building 5. Be prepared to actually practice meditation for quite a long segment. We had a few minutes education and went right into a 30 min seated meditation. Then went over walking meditation as well. My whole lower half went numb during the seated meditation, but it... More 

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Metro Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Great monuments and architectures. A royal temple of the highest class indeed. Well kept. Amazing exteriors and interiors. Strategically located and close to the royal palace.

Thank Dan R
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Reviewed 13 June 2016

Of course, the Buddha which you see in pictures is very famous but there is more to see in Wat Mahathat. If you are travelling from Bangkok on a day trip to Ayutthaya, leave really early to beat the crowd.

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Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

This is located in Bangkok - there are various entrance : Na Phra That alley road , Mahathat road , and Phrachan road. Na Phra That is the entrance infront of Sanam Luang - the big green spacious field which is seen from the Grand Palace main entrance. If you come from Sukhumvit area it is best to ride bts... More 

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Reviewed 21 May 2016

The ancient ruins are spread over a large area, divided by two streets. Take your time to explore these beautiful relics of temples and stupas. Some are still in very good condition while others have been reduced to a stack of bricks. And check out the head of a Buddha that had rolled into a young Banyan tree. As the... More 

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Reviewed 20 March 2016

The complex was so large and I was about to surrender to find the highlight of the temple, when I finally found that Buddha's Head Statue on the tree!

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Reviewed 12 March 2016

Unlike the more crowded temples, Wat Mahathat is a good place to sit and contemplate the Buddha images or the stupa containing a relic. There are several temples within the complex, and when we visited it was almost empty. Walking toward the meditation classes, you can see the lovely houses in which the monks live, shaded by green bushes and... More 

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