Overview of Wat Thammikarat
Wat Thammikarat is east of the Royal Palace. The Mahanikai temple built before Ayutthaya was originally named Wat Mukarat. When King Sinampoon built Wat Panang Choon, his son King Hammikaraj ordered the temple to be built in the old city, known as Muang San Khravli before the time of Ayutthaya. The temple has been well maintained since then.
Map and directions
Wat Thammikarat is located on Woo Thong Road running along the inner side of the Chao Phraya River.
Walk north from Wooton Road from west to east and you will see it on your right.
Business hours / admission
- Opening hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily
- Admission fee: 20 baht
The highlights of Wat Thammikarat
A little-known sleeping statue
I actually came to Wat Thammikarat without knowing anything, but when I entered a building, I was surprised to see that the statue was lying down. In the heart, you can see the face of the person behind the feet.
Since there are no visitors, you can take as many photos as you want. There is no need to wait for a position to take a photo like Wat Pho in Bangkok.
The face of the Buddha statue can also be seen from the front.
Lions guarding the pagoda and its surroundings
There are lions on all sides of the square pedestal. The number is 52. I thought it was an image for a moment, but if you look closely, you can see that Singha is lined up to protect the pagoda.
This lion was made in an era older than the Ayutthaya dynasty, and the style was also made in the Khmer style. It has been protected with plaster for many years. This pagoda was built on the early days of the Ayutthaya dynasty.
Near the pagoda there is a pond that seems to have been a bathhouse in the old days.
The chapel is one of the highlights of Wat Thammikarat . A statue of Buddha is placed at the entrance to the chapel, and two chicken statues are placed to guard the statue.
There is actually a Buddha statue in this chapel. It is rare that there are Buddha statues at the entrance and inside. It is said here that royals were listening to the monk’s legal story.
There is also a pedestal in the back of the Buddha statue inside, and there is a trace that another Buddha image was placed before. However, this chapel itself is not well preserved and has a lot of rubble. It is difficult to think about whether to advertise the temple, collect donations from many tourists, try to restore it, or quietly focus on the place of worship for locals.
Stones are stacked on the pillars. I don’t know if this is something or someone’s mischief.
When there are so many birds, it feels strange. It is a little different from other temples.
You can see a bronze statue of a bird in the city of Ayutthaya.
Giant buddha head
Near the reception is a huge Buddha head behind the statue.
Sprinklers are installed on the lawn on the premises to supply water to the lawn. While these modern facilities are fully equipped, there are various gaps with the devastation of the chapel.
A pure white Buddha statue in one corner of the site. The left pagoda area was also devastated.
I think it is some kind of prayer goods, but how to use it is a mystery.
On the west side, the grand prairie of the Royal Palace area spreads out.
Perhaps there is an entrance other than here.