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Visit Wat Phanom Yong (Ayutthaya)

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Presentation Wat Phanom Yong

Thai name : วัดพนมยงค์
My opinion:
The original temple built on Wat Phanom Yong site was probably built during the reign of King Narai in the 17th century. Legend says that the area was once a garden belonging to a royal nanny (Phra Nom) of the King named Yong and that after her death a temple was built and named in her honor. Over time, people did not pronounce the ''r'' which explains the current name of the temple. Wat Phanom Yong was deserted after the fall of Ayutthaya in 1767 and was rebuilt during the reign of King Chulalongkorn (1868-1910) and the former residence of Phra Nom Yong is now a memorial located on the opposite bank of the canal.

The temple houses a long reclining Buddha covered in gold and its ordination hall has very beautiful colorful murals.

Wat Phanom Yong
Wat Phanom Yong Ayutthaya Reclining Buddha
Ayutthaya Wat Phanom Yong

Practical information about Wat Phanom Yong

No admission fee

How to get to Wat Phanom Yong ?

Wat Phanom Yong is located just outside the central islet of Ayutthaya, not far from the Million Toys Museum. You can get there easily by bicycle from Wat Lokaya Sutharam for instance. Otherwise, hire a tuk-tuk.
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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Wat Phanom Yong is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :

  • Dress properly (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Take off your shoes when entering the buildings
  • Be quiet
  • Don't hug or kiss
  • Don't point your feet to Buddha's image
  • Don't smoke

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