Ayutthaya

Visit important temples outside Koh Muang and follow the old city’s community (1)

 
 

From the Chedi Wat Sam Pluem roundabout along highway no. 3477, Ayutthaya – Bang Pa-In

Wat Yai Chai Mongkol

This was an important temple during the Ayutthaya period. It was the residence of Somdet Phra Wannarat, the monk dean of the Aranyawasee clergy. The primary feature of this temple is the large principle chedi that is believed to have been built by Phra Naresuan as a monument of the victory over Phra Maha Ubparaj of Hongsawadee. Therefore, the temple was named “Wat Yai Chai Mongkol”.

Wat Phanan Choeng

Pay respect to Luang Pho Tho, commonly known among the Chinese as “Sam Po Kong”, a highly revered Buddha that has long been respected by both the Thai and Chinese. The temple has always been a part of the Chinese community, as indicated in the Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak legend. There is even a shrine of Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak for you to give your respect to as well. Both Wat Phanan Choeng and Wat Yai Chai Mongkol are located in the old district of Ayothaya, an area that has been around since before Ayutthaya city.

Japanese Village

Learn the history of the Japanese community and its place during the Ayutthaya period. They came to trade and live in the area and have been a part of Ayutthaya since the period of Somdet Phra Maha Chakapat. The land on the South side of Koh Muang, adjacent to the Portuguese village, was donated by the King. During the reign of Somdet Phra Chao Song Dham, Yamada Nagamasa played an important role within the palace. He was the head of the Japanese village and favored by the King, leading to his appointment as “Ok-ya Senaphimuk” and his eventual lifelong tenure as governor of Nakhon Sri Thammarat. Within the exhibition hall, there is a large, drawn map of Ayutthaya. The drawing clearly shows the details around Koh Muang.

Hollanders Village

After recharging your energy with some freshly brewed coffee, it is time to move on to the Hollanders’ village. Like many others, they came to trade during the Ayutthaya period, though nowadays there is only a line of bricks showing the bases of where their buildings and homes once stood. Also found in this area, as a result of excavations, were Chinese ceramics and pottery, and Dutch pipes and coins. These are now on display at the two storey orange museum.