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Temple of the Royal Restoration (Wat Ratchaburana)

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Address: Pratuchai Phra Nakhon | Tha Wa Su Kri, Ayutthaya, Thailand
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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A Labor of Love

This restoration project provides an excellent insight into this nation's past. Excellent camera shots in the late afternoon as the sun goes down.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Fresno, California

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Noosa, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved our time in this city exploring the many ruins . Highly recommend more than a daytrip. We had 2 days and stayed 1 night which was enough to see the main highlights but we could have spent more time in this clean, well laid out city. It reminded us a lot of Siem Reap in Cambodia. Pleasant locals who... More 

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wat Ratchaburna was built in the 1420s as a cremation site for the King's brothers. The stucco detail around the main prang is in great shape. There is an inner crypt that you're allowed to enter. It has some frescoes that are quite faded but amazing to see. You're looking at almost 600 year old art. It's not as packed... More 

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Fresno, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restoration project provides an excellent insight into this nation's past. Excellent camera shots in the late afternoon as the sun goes down.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great photo on entry as long as there are not many tourists. Walked around the outside and admired the brickwork, how many thousand hand made bricks were made to build this entrance wall defies reasonable logic. In this day and age they are mechanically formed, these were made by hand and each one moulded and fired. An incredible feat by... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

It is a trek but once inside, there is another narrow staircase down, and then down again, to see some marvellous ancient murals - quite faint but still just visible and extremely rare. You feel like you are really entering the holy of holies.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Just a stone's throw away from its famed counterpart (Mahathat), this site is where the tomb of two princely brothers are to be found. Ascend the large central Prang, because within it is the access the crypt of these royals of Ayutthaya. Descend 15m into the depths of the Prang to see murals, wall paintings that decorate the final resting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

The nice thing if you have your own transport is the exploring. Many people think this attraction is part of Wat maha that but its not. the entrance is only a few meters down the road from there. Because of this there is less tourists. Wat Ratchaburana was built by King Borom Ratchathirat II at the place where both his... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Wat Ratchaburana, or “the temple of Royal Restoration” was built in 1424 by King Borommarachathirat II as a memorial to his brothers. It was built in Khmer design and resembles early temples of Angkor. At the center is a large corncob shaped prang on an platform. It's quite amazing and along with all the other structures is a very interesting... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

Do not miss the stupas and the ruins of this temple! You can enjoy them together with detouring the park of this temple. The temple is accessible either by hiring tuktuk or bicycle. Tuktuk will be the best choice if you do not have too much time to make a tour in the old city - you will have free... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Just as good as Wat Mahathat just across the road but with not as many visitors. There are many towers and stupas and the ground covers a large area. The best part is the main prang which you can climb up and then descend down a very steep staircase to view the faded frecoes. It was once full of Buddha... More 

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