Postcards from Thailand #14: Wat Lokayasutharam in Ayutthaya

Wat Lokayasutharam is known for the 35 metre long image of a reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya in Thailand
Wat Lokayasutharam is known for the 35 metre long image of a reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya in Thailand

The main attraction at the Wat Lokayasutharam in Ayutthaya is the image of a reclining Buddha. Called Phra Buddhasaiyart, it is made of bricks and cement in the art style of the middle Ayutthaya period. It is an imposing 37 metres long, and 8 metres high. The head rests on a lotus, and the legs overlap squarely to show equalized toes. It is surrounded by the remains of 24 cathedral posst, 3 cathedrals, a stupa, a Buddhist temple hall, a pagoda and a bell tower. Click here to read a brief introduction to Ayutthaya.

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This monastery is aligned on the east-west axis, with the Buddha facing the east. Restoration of the same took place in 1954. It is located near the Wat Worachettharam; ‘Wat’ is a Buddhist monastery and temple complex in Thailand. At any given time, you will see devotees offering their prayers to the Buddha. With few people to be seen here, the atmosphere is quite silent and peaceful allowing one to spend hours under a tree. Do drop in here when in Ayutthaya.

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Wat Lokayasutharam is known for the 35 metre long image of a reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya in Thailand
Wat Lokayasutharam is known for the 35 metre long image of a reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya in Thailand
Wat Lokayasutharam is known for the 35 metre long image of a reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya in Thailand
Wat Lokayasutharam is known for the 35 metre long image of a reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya in Thailand
Wat Lokayasutharam is known for the 35 metre long image of a reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya in Thailand
Wat Lokayasutharam is known for the 35 metre long image of a reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya in Thailand
Wat Lokayasutharam is known for the 35 metre long image of a reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya in Thailand
Wat Lokayasutharam is known for the 35 metre long image of a reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya in Thailand
Wat Lokayasutharam is known for the 35 metre long image of a reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya in Thailand
Wat Lokayasutharam is known for the 35 metre long image of a reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya in Thailand
Wat Lokayasutharam is known for the 35 metre long image of a reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya in Thailand
Wat Lokayasutharam is known for the 35 metre long image of a reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya in Thailand
Wat Lokayasutharam is known for the 35 metre long image of a reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya in Thailand
Wat Lokayasutharam is known for the 35 metre long image of a reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya in Thailand


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