Wat Mongkhon Bophit can be also written as Wat Mongkol Bophit; it is one of the most active temples in Ayutthaya. The temple’s structure is large and impressive and contains a huge Buddha bronze statue covered in gold. The statue is 12.5 meters tall, and together with the basis, towers to a 16 meters height, and is 9.5 meters wide.
The statue was built in 1538, during the reign of King Chairacha (1534-1547). It was placed in Wat Chi Chiang Sai temple, which was later hit by a lightning and destroyed, and the king at the time (early 16th century), king Songtham ordered to move the statue and build a designated structure (Mondop) for it. The surface at the front of the structure was raised so it can serve as a spot for cremating bodies of deceased royal family members.
At a later time, in the early 18th century, the structure was hit by lightning; the roof collapsed, hit the statue and detached its head. The statue was repaired and the king at the time ordered to ruin the damaged site, and instead, build a new structure, which Thai artists worked towards building for over two years.
In 1767, when the Burmese conquered Ayutthaya, both the structure and the statue were severely damaged. In 1920, during the reign of King Rama VI, the statue was repaired and further renovations of the temple were carried out in 1931 and 1955. In 1956, the prime minister of Burma visited the site and gave a generous donation for its renovation, which ended in 1957.
When I visited the place on June 2017, the structure was covered in scaffoldings for renovation purposes – as you can see in one of the attached pictures.
My Opinion: Wat Mongkhon Bophit is located right next to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, so it’s very convenient to visit them both. This is an indoor structure so you can visit it comfortably if the weather is rainy or extremely warm.
♥ You can visit Wat Mongkhon Bophit during our tour plans in Ayutthaya
♥ You can visit the site during Tiptop Travel tour plans in Ayutthaya