The majority of Ayutthaya’s ancient remains are spread out across the western half of the island in a patchwork of parkland: Wat Phra Mahathat and Wat Ratburana stand near the modern centre, while a broad band runs down the middle of the parkland, containing the Royal Palace (Wang Luang) and temple, the most revered Buddha image, at Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopit, and the two main museums. To the north of the island you’ll find the best-preserved temple, Wat Na Phra Mane, and Wat Phu Khao Thong, the “Golden Mount”; to the west stands the Khmer-style Wat Chai Watthanaram, while to the southeast lie the giant chedi of Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and Wat Phanan Choeng, still a vibrant place of worship. The city’s main temples can be visited for a reduced rate when you buy the special six-in-one pass, which is available from most temple ticket offices.

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