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Wat Phra Si Sanphet  This important and most impressive monastery is located in the Grand Palace compound like Wat Phra Si Rattanasatsadaram (Wat Phra Kaeo) of Bangkok. Used as a residential palace, it became a monastery in the reign of King Ramathibodi I. When King Borom Trai Lokanat commanded new living quarters built, this residential palace was given to be a temple area, thus originating Wat Phra Si Sanphet: The royal chapel does not have any monks and novice inhabitants.

Grand Palace  Currently called Ancient Palace. The residential palace of every king was located close to the city wall of Ayutthaya. Important buildings inside the Grand Palace compound are Wihan Somdet Hall , Sanphet Prasat Hall , Suriyat Amarin Hall, Suriyat Amarin Hall , Chakkrawat Phaichayon Hall , Trimuk Hall  and Banyong Rattanat Hall

Wat Chaiwatthanaram is another monastery; King Prasat Thong commanded it built. The great beauty has been reflected from the main stupa and its satellite stupa’s along the gallery, an architecture influenced by Khmer.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Wat Yai Chaimongkhon or Wat Chao Phraya Thai  This monastery constructed in the reign of King U-Thong. King Naresuan the Great commanded that the pagoda be built to celebrate the victory of his single-handed combat on the elephant back. He also intended a huge construction to match the large pagoda of Wat Phukhao Thong, and named it “Phra Chedi Chaiyamongkhon”.

Bang Sai Arts and Crafts Centre Farmers from Ayutthaya as well as from other provinces undergo training in folk arts and crafts here. At this centre, visitors have a glimpse of how farmers in the four regions live and work and how their products of arts and crafts are produced. 9. Bang Pa-In Palace. Originally, Bang Pa-In was a riverine island. When King Prasat Thong became the Ayutthaya king (1630-1655), he had the Chumphon Nikayaram Temple built on his family estate. The palace surrounded by a lake 400 metres long and 40 metres wide. Bang Pa-In was used as a country residence by every Ayutthaya monarch after King Prasat Thong.

Homestay   Many visitors to Ayuthaya experience traditional Thai lifestyle, Thai-style dwellings, canal-side scenery and the peaceful atmosphere by way of ‘homestay’. Two popular places for this kind of accommodation is at Khlong Rang Chorakhe which is home to a 400-year-old image of Luangpho To image at Wat Rang Chorakhe and Bang Sai which is a community on the Noi River in Amphoe Bang Sai.

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