Monday, May 26, 2008


Built in the Ayutthaya period, this temple was originally named Wat Salak. During restoration in the
reigns of King Rama I-King Rama V, it was known by several different names. Eventually it was named Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit, but it is always known as Wat Mahathat.

Mondop: Inside is a chedi in the style of King Rama I's reign containing Buddha relics. It is the precursor of early Rattanakosin chedis, and completely covered in lacquered gold leaf.

Ubosot: In contrast to most others, this has no front or rear portico. There are entrances on both sides and is large enough for 1,000 monks to gather at one time. The principal Buddha image is covered in gold leaf, and is the work of Phraya Devarangsan, a notable craftsman of the Front Palace (Wang Na).

Maha Chulalongkorn Rajavidyalaya: This university was founded by King Rama V as an educational institution for Mahanikai monks.

Wihan Photilangka: The prayer hall was built in the reign of King Rama IV. The principal Buddha image, named Phra Nak, is in the Sukhothai period style and cast in bronze.

Monument to Somdet Chao Phraya Maha Surasinghanat: In front of Photilanga Wihan, the monument is to King Rama I's younger brother, an important army commander when Rattanakosin was found.

3 Maharat Road Phraborommaharatchawang Sub-District
Phra Nakhon District
Bangkok 10200

Phone: (662) 221-5999
222-7984 222-1415
Fax:(662) 623-6284

Bus :1 3 7 9 15 25 30 32 33 39 43 44 47 53 59 60 64 65 70 80 82 91 203
Air-con Bus: 1 8 25 39 44 70 82 203 506 507 512

1. Chao Phraya Express Boat: Tha Chang Pier
2. Ferry: Phrachan Nua Pier

Opening Hours:
Temple: Daily 8 am-5 pm Ubosot: Mon-Sat 8-9 am
5-6 pm
Sun 7 am-4 pm
Buddhist Sermon Day:
7 am-5 pm

Admission Fee:
Free Admission

Buddhism Course:
7:30-8::30 pm
Sun 7 am-3 pm (Children)

Listed by Fine Arts Dept.:1949

Royal Temple: First Class

School, University:
Mahachulalongkorn U.
Phone: (662) 623-6322-4
Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat 1-4 pm
Buddhist Sermon Day

In the Temple compound

Nearby Attractions:
City Pillar Clock Tower
College of Dramatic Arts Expeditionary Force Memorial Grand Palace National Museum National Theatre
Old Cannon Museum Phratamnak Suan Kularb School
Sanam Luang Saranrom Park Silpa Bhirasri Memorial Silpakorn U. Thommasat U. Thawornwatthu Bldg.
Wat Pho Wat Phra Kaeo
Wat Ratchapradit

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Police emergency: 191
Tourist Police: 0 7742 1281
Tourist Police - Emergency: 1155
Fire Department: 106
Bangkok Hospital: 0 7742 9500
Samui Hospital: 0 7742 1232
Immigration: 0 7742 1069

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