Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, the temple is regarded as the most important historic temple and the most popular tourist temple in Ayutthaya.
This monastery was built in 1357 A.D. early Ayutthaya period. It was during the reign of King Rama or King U Tong who established Ayutthaya. The purpose of this monastery was to accommodate the monks that once were ordained from Phra Wanratana Mahathera Bureau in Ceylon. This denomination is called The Pakaew Group. Thereby this monastery was named “Wat Pakaew”. Many people were faithful to this domination and were ordained the monks so Pakaew Group became prosperous rapidly during that time.
It’s a commemoration of King Naresuan’s victory over Burmese by fighting on the elephant’s back. The King Naresuan was able to kill his rival but he could not destroy the enemies army because his soldiers were further behind. King Naresuan was about to execute their life because they were unable to follow him for this fight. However, Somdej Phra Vanarat, Supreme Patriarch (in Buddhism) asked him not to have the death penalty and suggested him to build a Chedi to celebrate victory instead. King Naresuan decided to construct a large Chedi in this monastery named Phra Chedi Chaimongkhon. This monastery became Wat Yai Chaimongkhon later on.
Viceroy of Burma, it is believed to be the source of Wat Yai Chaimongkol. During the Burmese invasion of 1767, the temple was largely destroyed.
Surrounding the platform is a gallery connecting in the West to the principal Viharn. Lining the gallery walls are hundreds of Buddha images draped in yellow cloth seated on pedestals in subduing Mara mudra. The gallery’s wooden roof has long gone.
This is the tremendous stupa (Chedi) that I have ever seen. Wat Yai Chai Mongkol is obviously one of the major temples and the tallest pagoda in the Ayutthaya. The beautiful garden has surrounded the temple for tourist to relax and take a nice picture. Do not miss this temple once you are already here.
Open Hour: 8.30 to 16.30. It’s free for Thai people and 20 bath for foreigners.