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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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This is one of the many historical ruin of Ayutthaya, and they start to look a lot alike after a while. So if you are biking to see each park, you can skip this one. The 50 bath... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one of the many historical ruin of Ayutthaya, and they start to look a lot alike after a while. So if you are biking to see each park, you can skip this one. The 50 bath entry fee was still there for me, and I thought the other park I went to had much more interesting things to... More 

Thank Beltifi
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Free entrance . Nice views. Didn't go down the scary stairs inside the pagoda . Too risky with young children

Thank Audrey Y
Noosa, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

Thank NoosaKings
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Reviewed 6 March 2017 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 

Thank Explorers36
Fresno, California
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

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

Thank Brian C
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

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 

Thank Clive R
London, United Kingdom
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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.

Thank Roland D
Singapore, Singapore
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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 

Thank Melvin M
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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 

Thank mike c
Vancouver, Canada
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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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