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Wat Yai Chai Mongkhol, Ayutthaya, Thailand.


Wat Phra Choa Phya Thai, popularly known as Wat Yai Chai-Mongkhol is situated to the southeast of the city. The Large Chedi there can be seen from a great distance. This monastery was built by King U-Thong in 1357 A.D. For the use of the monks who had returned from Ceylon after studying under Phra Vanarat Maha Thera. This body of monks were known as the Pa Kaeo sect. So this monastery was originally known as Wat Pa Kaeo. The monks of this sect were engaged mainly in meditation. Many people who respected these monks joined their order. The king conferred the title of ( Somdej  Phra Vanarat ) on the head of the sect, and appointed him the Patriarch on the right hand side. He was on a par with Somdej Phra Buddha-kosacharn who headed the sect mainly engaged in the study of the scripture, and was known as the Patriarch on the Left Hand Side.


This monastery was the place where the Patriarch stayed, so it was also named Wat Chao Phya Thai, which means The Temple of the Supreme Patriarch.

At one time, in the convocation hall of this monastery, Prince Thian-raja ( later  King Maha Chakraphat ) sought to learn his luck through the ordeal of the lighted candles before he dethroned Khun Vora-Wongsa. On another occasion a favourable moment from overthrowing King Maha Chakraphat in 1561 A.D.


Above article was taken from the book “Ayutthaya” -  which is on sale at the site.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhol - history, Ayutthaya, Thailand.

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Ayutthaya Page 4 Wat Yai Chai- Mongkhol
Ayutthaya Page 4 Wat Yai Chai- Mongkhol