Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Ayutthaya, Thailand - The most photogenic temple & hence Travellingcamera loved it the most

Although there are hundreds of temples in Ayutthaya but these are much more than temples and much about a historical site. Ayutthaya is a UNESCO World heritage site and that's announced because it has something very significant there. There are plenty of temples/wats in Ayutthaya town of Thailand and Wat Phra Si Sanphet is very special. This Blog-post will share more about why it's special and much visit places in Ayutthaya. Beyond that we would also be talking about how to reach Wat Phra Si Sanphet, main things to do around Wat Phra Si Sanphet  and some surprising details, which would help you plan your visit better to Wat Phra Si Sanphet.

Although there are hundreds of temples in Ayutthaya but these are much more than temples and much about a historical site. Ayutthaya is a UNESCO World heritage site and that's announced because it has something very significant there. There are plenty of temples/wats in Ayutthaya town of Thailand and Wat Phra Si Sanphet is very special. This Blog-post will share more about why it's special and much visit places in Ayutthaya. Beyond that we would also be talking about how to reach Wat Phra Si Sanphet, main things to do around Wat Phra Si Sanphet  and some surprising details, which would help you plan your visit better to Wat Phra Si Sanphet. 


Let's first talk about how to reach Wat Phra Si Sanphet :    Wat Phra Si Sanphet is located at walkable distance from the famous Wat Phra Mahathat, which has world famous Buddha face hugged by roots of a Banyan tree.     If you don't want to walk a lot, there are Tuktuks available to do day tour of various temples in Ayutthaya and one can chose to take tuktuk to move from temple to another temple at your choice of time.

Let's first talk about how to reach Wat Phra Si Sanphet :

Wat Phra Si Sanphet is located at walkable distance from the famous Wat Phra Mahathat, which has world famous Buddha face hugged by roots of a Banyan tree. 

If you don't want to walk a lot, there are Tuktuks available to do day tour of various temples in Ayutthaya and one can chose to take tuktuk to move from temple to another temple at your choice of time. 

Above photograph shows 3 of the main Chedis of Wat Phra Si Sanphet and they make this temple very special.     The chedi is built in Ceylonese design which looks like a bell and beautiful in many ways. In every direction, there are smaller chapels which lead to steep stairs. The roofs of the chapels are have miniature Chedi on top of them.

Above photograph shows 3 of the main Chedis of Wat Phra Si Sanphet and they make this temple very special. 

The chedi is built in Ceylonese design which looks like a bell and beautiful in many ways. In every direction, there are smaller chapels which lead to steep stairs. The roofs of the chapels are have miniature Chedi on top of them.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet has also served as a model for Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok city of Thailand.    We found Wat Phra Si Sanphet very photogenic and certainly a great place to get yourself clicked with these beautiful structures in the background.     Visit timings of Wat Phra Si Sanphet are from 8am till 6pm.     There are different dress codes for religious places like temples, mosques, churches etc, so we should also talk about dress code in Ayutthaya Temples :  Ayutthaya temples don’t have a strict dress code like most other temples in Thailand, which is little surprising. They are treated more as historic sites rather than active temples and that's the reason for not having any dress code. Having said that I would still recommend it's important to dress appropriately if you intend to go to different temples. Worship happens in some of the temples so it can be an issue. Having said that, it's not a challenge in Wat Phra Si Sanphet.   Related Blog-post : Charming Thai-style Homestay, Authentic Thai food & Ayuthhaya Travel tips || 10-Day Vacation in Thailand (Day 3)  Thailand temples dress code guidelines : Most other temples in Thailand require your knees and shoulders to be covered (both males and females). You can still wear shorts or a dress, but just have a long scarf with you to wrap around your waist.    Related Blogpost - Temple on the Hill, Tribe in the forest, and more in Chiang Mai || 10-Day Vacation in Thailand (Day 2)

Wat Phra Si Sanphet has also served as a model for Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok city of Thailand.

We found Wat Phra Si Sanphet very photogenic and certainly a great place to get yourself clicked with these beautiful structures in the background. 

Visit timings of Wat Phra Si Sanphet are from 8am till 6pm. 

There are different dress codes for religious places like temples, mosques, churches etc, so we should also talk about dress code in Ayutthaya Temples :

Ayutthaya temples don’t have a strict dress code like most other temples in Thailand, which is little surprising. They are treated more as historic sites rather than active temples and that's the reason for not having any dress code. Having said that I would still recommend it's important to dress appropriately if you intend to go to different temples. Worship happens in some of the temples so it can be an issue. Having said that, it's not a challenge in Wat Phra Si Sanphet. 


Thailand temples dress code guidelines : Most other temples in Thailand require your knees and shoulders to be covered (both males and females). You can still wear shorts or a dress, but just have a long scarf with you to wrap around your waist.  


Wat Phra Si Sanphet was the holiest temple on the site of the old Royal Palace in Thailand's ancient capital of Ayutthaya until the town got destroyed by the Burmese. It seems that Wat Phra Si Sanphet was most beautiful temple in Ayutthaya and much grander in many ways. It seemed the same to me and I would say most appropriate place for photography in Ayutthaya.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet was the holiest temple on the site of the old Royal Palace in Thailand's ancient capital of Ayutthaya until the town got destroyed by the Burmese. It seems that Wat Phra Si Sanphet was most beautiful temple in Ayutthaya and much grander in many ways. It seemed the same to me and I would say most appropriate place for photography in Ayutthaya.  

Related Blog-post : Buddha in the Banyan Tree and other temples at Ayuthhaya || 10-day vacation in Thailand (Day-3 Continued)  Let's talk about Entry fees for Wat Phra Si Sanphet. If you only intend to go to one temple, then entry ticket costs around 50 Bahts. There is a one discounted ticket for whole day which gives you entry to every temple you visit in Aayutthaya.   Related Blogpost - Google App for Cheaper & Reliable Commute in Thailand   Ayutthaya Temples are made of 9 different sites, some of which you can enter for free and others that have a small entrance fee of 50 Baht ($1.5):   Wat Phra Si Sanphet (fee: 50 baht),  Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopit (fee: free),  Wat Mahathat (fee: 50 baht),  Wat Ratchaburana (fee: 50 baht),  Wiharn at Wat Thammikarat (fee: free),  Wat Suwan Dararam,  Wat Phra Ram (fee: 50 baht),  Phra Chedi Suriyothai (fee: free),  Wat Borom Phuttharam (fee: free)  Related Blog-post : Bhubing Palace or Hmong Tribal village - Which one to pick for exploration along with Doi Suthep


Let's talk about Entry fees for Wat Phra Si Sanphet. If you only intend to go to one temple, then entry ticket costs around 50 Bahts. There is a one discounted ticket for whole day which gives you entry to every temple you visit in Aayutthaya. 


Ayutthaya Temples are made of 9 different sites, some of which you can enter for free and others that have a small entrance fee of 50 Baht ($1.5): 

Wat Phra Si Sanphet (fee: 50 baht), 
Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopit (fee: free), 
Wat Mahathat (fee: 50 baht), 
Wat Ratchaburana (fee: 50 baht), 
Wiharn at Wat Thammikarat (fee: free), 
Wat Suwan Dararam, 
Wat Phra Ram (fee: 50 baht), 
Phra Chedi Suriyothai (fee: free), 
Wat Borom Phuttharam (fee: free)


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