Wat Mahathat (Temple of the Great Relic) was built in the Ayutthaya period, this temple was originally named Wat Salak. During restoration in the reigns of King Rama I – King Rama V, it was known by seceral different names. Eventually it was named Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit, or in short:Wat Mahathat. Today it is the main school and practice site for Vipassana (insight) meditation. It also houses one of Bangkok’s two Buddhist universities.
Mondop: inside is a chedi in the style of King Rama I’s reign containing Buddha relics. It is the precursor of early Rattanakosin chedis, and completely covered in lacquered gold leaves.
Ubosot: In contrast to most others, this Bot has no front or rear portico. There are entrances on both sides and the inside space is large enough to accomodate 1000 monks at a time. The principal Buddha image is covered in gold leaf, and is the work of Phraya Devarangsan, a notable craftsman of the front palace.
THINGS TO KNOW:
Address: 3 Maharat Road
Tel: 0 2222 6011
Meditation Centre Tel: 0 2623 5613, 0 2623 6326
To get there: next to Thammasat University, north of Grand Palace; the nearest pier is Tha Maharat.
Other: Buddhism course is held at the temple 19.30-20.30
A. Thai Thien
B. Tha Chang
C. Tha Prannok
D. Tha Maharat
E. Tha Bangkok Noi