Know why 'Wat Ratchaburana' Temple in Ayutthaya (Thailand) reminds about Stunning Angkor Wat of Siem Reap in Cambodia

Wat Ratcha Burana is another popular temple in Ayutthaya, which is adjacent to Wat Phra Mahathat. Ayutthaya is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the popular tourist destination in Thailand. Wat Ratcha Burana is one of the most visited temples of Ayutthaya in Thailand. This blog-post will take you through a photo journey of Wat Ratcha Burana and will share more about why it's so popular, main things to do around Wat Ratcha Burana, how to reach Wat Ratcha Burana from different parts of Ayutthaya and a lot more to which would help anyone planning a visit to Wat Ratcha Burana.

Wat Ratcha Burana is another popular temple in Ayutthaya, which is adjacent to Wat Phra Mahathat. Ayutthaya is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the popular tourist destination in Thailand. Wat Ratcha Burana is one of the most visited temples of Ayutthaya in Thailand. This blog-post will take you through a photo journey of Wat Ratcha Burana and will share more about why it's so popular, main things to do around Wat Ratcha Burana, how to reach Wat Ratcha Burana from different parts of Ayutthaya and a lot more to which would help anyone planning a visit to Wat Ratcha Burana. 



Related Blogpost from Bangkok, Thailand - Bangkok Flower Market - Pak Khlong Talat, Thailand  Above photograph shows entry gate of Wat Ratcha Burana in Ayutthaya town of Thailand. Wat Ratchaburana is a Buddhist temple/wat in the Ayutthaya, Thailand. The temple's main prang is one of the finest in Ayutthaya city. Located in the island section of Ayutthaya, Wat Ratchaburana is immediately north of Wat Mahathat. This part of Ayutthaya is also called Ayutthaya Historical Park and you would notice a very different kind of vibe while roaming around few acres of this region, which is full of all these temples.     Related Blogpost from Thailand - Train Journey from Bangkok to Aayutthaya in Thailand


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Above photograph shows entry gate of Wat Ratcha Burana in Ayutthaya town of Thailand. Wat Ratchaburana is a Buddhist temple/wat in the Ayutthaya, Thailand. The temple's main prang is one of the finest in Ayutthaya city. Located in the island section of Ayutthaya, Wat Ratchaburana is immediately north of Wat Mahathat. This part of Ayutthaya is also called Ayutthaya Historical Park and you would notice a very different kind of vibe while roaming around few acres of this region, which is full of all these temples. 

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Wat Ratchaburana means - the temple of Royal Restoration.  Wat Ratchaburana was built in 1424 by King Borommarachathirat II as a memorial to his two elder brothers. When it was constructed, it was accessible by boat as it was on the banks of a canal, that has been filled up about a century ago. You would see multiple water streams around Ayutthaya Historical Park and it seems most of these canals used to have lot of water centuries ago. 

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Related Blog-post : Charming Thai-style Homestay, Authentic Thai food & Ayuthhaya Travel tips || 10-Day Vacation in Thailand (Day 3)    Center part of Wat Ratcha Burana in Ayutthaya is a large Khmer style prang symbolizing Mount Meru, the center of the universe in Buddhist and Hindu cosmology. The prang is surrounded by four smaller towers, in turn surrounded by a gallery enclosing a courtyard. I remember it was very hot day when we were in Ayutthaya and lot of these structures all around the temple complex were very helpful in providing us shadow to walk around.     Related Blogpost - Temple on the Hill, Tribe in the forest, and more in Chiang Mai || 10-Day Vacation in Thailand (Day 2)
Center part of Wat Ratcha Burana in Ayutthaya is a large Khmer style prang symbolizing Mount Meru, the center of the universe in Buddhist and Hindu cosmology. The prang is surrounded by four smaller towers, in turn surrounded by a gallery enclosing a courtyard. I remember it was very hot day when we were in Ayutthaya and lot of these structures all around the temple complex were very helpful in providing us shadow to walk around. 

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Pay attention to the white strcuture in above photograph of Wat Ratcha Burana and then look at photograph of main temples in Angkor Wat. It's easy to recall Cambodia memories while walking inside Wat Ratcha Burana compound in Ayutthaya. 

Related Blogpost : Chiang Mai Weekend Market and Various Wats || 10-Day Vacation in Thailand (Day 1)    I loved some of the stone carved Buddha heads around Wat Ratcha Burana in Ayutthaya (Thailand) and you see some of these in photograph above. All the temples have hundreds or probably thousands of Buddha statues in different forms. Some of them are head-less, without hands, only heads etc. Over the centuries not every Buddha could survive, but there are fe huge ones which are relatively better preserved.      Related Blog-post : Doi Suthep - Best place in Chiang Mai to explore Thai Temple, Aerial views of the City and some Hiking

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I loved some of the stone carved Buddha heads around Wat Ratcha Burana in Ayutthaya (Thailand) and you see some of these in photograph above. All the temples have hundreds or probably thousands of Buddha statues in different forms. Some of them are head-less, without hands, only heads etc. Over the centuries not every Buddha could survive, but there are fe huge ones which are relatively better preserved.  

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Above photograph shows the scale of even smaller parts of the temple. Please notice the couple sitting around the tree and compare the size of smaller structure in the background.     Wat Ratchaburana in Ayutthaya was built following Khmer design concepts and the design looks very similar to mountain temples of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The monastery faces East, the direction of the rising sun.    Related Blogpost - Chatuchak Market, Bangkok - The Largest Market of Thailand

Above photograph shows the scale of even smaller parts of the temple. Please notice the couple sitting around the tree and compare the size of smaller structure in the background. 

Wat Ratchaburana in Ayutthaya was built following Khmer design concepts and the design looks very similar to mountain temples of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The monastery faces East, the direction of the rising sun.

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Other temples to walk around Wat Ratchaburana are -    Wat Mahathat  Wat Chaiwatthanaram  Wat Phra Si Sanphet  Wat Phanan Choeng  Wat Lokaya Sutha   Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon    And don't miss walking map of main temples to be explored in Ayutthaya, Thailand.

Other temples to walk around Wat Ratchaburana are -

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon

And don't miss walking map of main temples to be explored in Ayutthaya, Thailand. 

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Let's talk about Entry fees for Wat Ratcha Burana. 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)



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)


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.  


We loved walking around Wat Ratcha Burana in Ayutthaya and also sat around the trees in this complex. We recommend taking a round when you are at Wat Phra Mahathat to see Buddha Head surrounded by trunk of Banyan Tree.

We loved walking around Wat Ratcha Burana in Ayutthaya and also sat around the trees in this complex. We recommend taking a round when you are at Wat Phra Mahathat to see Buddha Head surrounded by trunk of Banyan Tree. 

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Abhisek Nayak said…
Awesome views. Very well presented sir.

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