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Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon: The Monastery of Auspicious Victory in Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya is a peaceful and comfortable city, and its temples are nothing short of a spectacle. One of its most significant temples, Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, has a long and prominent history, unlike many other historical sites there, making it well worth visiting. 

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya

Located to the east of the ancient island of Ayutthaya, Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon (วัดใหญ่ชัยมงคล), which means "The Monastery of Auspicious Victory," boasts a very large pagoda, known as assessing prang, which offers stunning views of the surrounding area. The temple remains an active place of worship, with monks residing in kuti on the grounds. Thai people visit not only to honor Buddha but also to pay homage to one of the most honorable kings in Thai history, King Naresuan the Great. 

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya

So prepare to be amazed as we take you on an unforgettable cultural visit to Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya

The Bear Travel  Fun Fact!

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon is famous for its later constructions, including Chedi or Pagoda, built by King Naresuan The Great. The large Chedi in the monastery was built for distinctive architecture, and later on, it came to be known as "Wat Yai Chiamongkhon."


History of Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon

According to historians, the original location of Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon may have been a significant Khmer temple complex prior to the construction of Ayutthaya. Numerous temples were later built here, which bear many different names. History of Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya

King U-Thong declared Ayutthaya as the capital of Siam in 1350 and designated the site as the royal temple, which came to be known as Wat Chao Phraya Thai. After King Naresuan withstood a Burmese invasion in 1593, improvement work was achieved at the temple, and historians conclude it was at this time that the main chedi was widened.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya

Subsequently, the temple became known as Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, which may define as the 'Great Monastery of Auspicious Victory.' When Ayutthaya ultimately fell to the Burmese in 1767, the temple was ravaged and left evacuated after that.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya

The site did not have a monastery until the 1950s when it was re-established. Subsequently, there have been significant improvement works, and the majority of the stone Buddha images visible today are of relatively recent origin.


Highlights of Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon 

The Architecture of Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya

The temple's primary structures, the head chedi, the main vihara, and the ubosot, are lined up on an East-West axis. Enclosing them stands several assistant chedis in several styles and states of repair and the Kuti, the monks' living quarters. In the North-East corner are the continues of a viharn enshrining a huge Reclining Buddha image.


Buddha Images Lining the Gallery

The central area of the temple is situated on an elevated platform, featuring a massive central prang (chedi) and two mondops. Small prangs are located at each of the platform's four corners.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya

A staircase on the East side leads up to the entrance of the 60-meter tall bell-shaped chedi, which visitors can climb up to reach the core. Inside a small chamber, there are various Buddha images adorned with gold leaf offerings made by devotees.

Visitors can also get a glimpse into an excavated chamber that houses enshrined monuments. Two mondops, square brick buildings, are located on the East side of the chedi, enshrining a large seated Buddha image.


Surrounding Gallery

Buddhas in Yellow Cloth_Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya

Surrounding the platform is a gallery connecting in the West to the head vihara. Stripping the gallery walls are hundreds of Buddha images enclosed in yellow cloth seated on pedestals in restraining Mara mudra. The gallery’s wooden roof is long gone.


Main Vihara

Main Vihara_Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya

West of the central prang attached to the galleries stands the main vihara, the assembly hall, of which only its basis remains.

Buddha flanked by Sariputta and Moggallana_Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya

At the back of the hall, a Buddha image seated on a pedestal faces the West and is accompanied by Sariputta and Moggallana, who were the Buddha's closest disciples.


The Ordination Hall

The ubosot, or ordination hall, is situated to the East of the temple and is still in use by monks and devotees, as Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon remains a vibrant religious site.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya

Although the old roof is no longer extant, the hall's base and parts of its original walls still stand. The original walls have been preserved, and new walls have been built inside them to support a newly designed roof. The hall houses a Buddha image on a pedestal, and the sacred area of the ordination hall is marked by Sema stones surrounding the ubosot.


Reclining Buddha

The Viharn Phra Phuttha Saiyat, also known as the Viharn of the Reclining Buddha image, is located in the Northeast corner of the grounds. King Naresuan oversaw the construction of the hall during his reign. The large image, facing East towards the rising sun, is adorned with a yellow cloth, and its feet are covered with gold leaf applied by devotees. The Buddha image underwent restoration in 1965.


Main Chedi

Main Chedi_Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya

The primary bell-shaped chedi at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon is a distinctive landmark of Ayutthaya. Tourists can ascend the steps that lead to a platform offering sweeping vistas of the temple complex. The chedi is surrounded by a rectangular gallery adorned with numerous stone Buddha images. Though the original statues were likely gilded, the current ones are adorned with saffron-colored straps. While these statues may not be the originals, visitors should still treat them with reverence.


King Naresuan Monument

There are thousands of statues of roosters and fighting cocks in the vicinity of the King Naresuan monument. King Naresuan was said to have possessed fighting cocks famed for their strength and courage. The statues left in King Naresuan’s honor represent the king’s fighting spirit and bravery.


Other Structures

Other Structures_Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya

Adjacent to the platform leading to the Reclining Buddha vihara stands a sizable and well-preserved chedi. Around the complex are many assistant chedis and the Kuti, the monks' private living quarters.


The Bear Travel   Trivia!

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon is open everyday from 8 am-5 pm. Entry for non-Thais is 20 Baht (free for Thai people). In addition to being a critical historical site, this is still an enthusiastic temple, and tourists are expected to dress well and act respectfully.


Why Visit the Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya? 

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya

In terms of tourism, Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon is supposedly a temple with stunning architecture, including a large chedi in the ancient Ayutthaya style that still exists in its majesty to this day.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon is a place for those who would like to come to pay respect to monks, make merit, and take photos in a chill way with elegant ancient sites from the past; this place is deemed the most adequate for all. The temple's highlight is a large chedi that is believed to have been restored in the reign of King Naresuan the Great.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya

Inside the temple, there has been a discovery of promising incantations, and Phra Phuttha Chai Mongkol is enshrined Inside the ubosot. The principal Buddha image is the spiritual object of the temple. In addition, within the temple is also the shrine of King Naresuan the Great. 

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya

It is advised to visit there in the morning as the weather is very nice. You can take a walk and see the ancient monuments without the temple being too crowded. Taking pictures from any angle is wonderful. You can spend a day for the relaxation of mind and take beautiful pictures to go back with.


How to Visit the Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya? 

You can get to Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon by renting a bicycle from one of the many rental shops in Ayutthaya city center, your hotel, or your guesthouse. You can hire a tuk-tuk ideally for a whole city tour for around 200 THB per hour.

How to Visit Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya

If traveling by bicycle, try to have a map of the boats crossing the arms of the river (around 10 THB per passenger with a bike); it will save you detours and retaining to take the main road. Of course, you can also rent a motorbike.


The Bear Travel   Did You Know?

The present name of the monastery was bestowed after the construction of the Chedi Chai Mongkhon in the late 16th century.




Map & More Information



Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon (วัดใหญ่ชัยมงคล) is the ancient temple in Ayutthaya, which was initially built in the 14th century by the creator of the Ayutthaya Dynasty to celebrate the great victory and remember the great strength of the Thai people. Famous for its large numbers of Buddha statues and the Great Pagoda, the temple is an enchanting place to touch the glorious ancient Thai culture.


Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon: The Monastery of Auspicious Victory in Ayutthaya



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