Ending our memorable exploration of Bang Pa-In Palace, we head off to the next stop…. the popular Buddhist temple of Wat Phanan Choeng (วัดพนัญเชิง) that is located on the east bank of Chao Phraya River. A part of Ayutthaya Historical Park, Wat Phanan Choeng (วัดพนัญเชิง), builded in 1324, house the biggest Buddha Image in Thailand.
A busy temple with many worshipers there daily, one visiting Wat Phanan Choeng (วัดพนัญเชิง) are able to see many Chinese characters and writing before entering the main building.
At the entrance of Wat Phanan Choeng (วัดพนัญเชิง), is the Guardians of the temple… Must say that I love the cute little monk statue situated there too….
The highlight is the Buddha image, said to be the largest Buddha in Thailand in the posture of Subduing Mara (sitting) measures 14.25 meters from knee to knee and is 19 meters in height.
When visiting Wat Phanan Choeng (วัดพนัญเชิง), we were lucky to see the ceremony where the robes of the Buddha Image were being changed. And there were many Thais and Chinese worshipers there. Named by the Chinese Thais as Sam Po Kong, it is one of the largest, oldest, beautiful and revered Buddha images of Thailand.
The legend of Wat Phanan Choeng (วัดพนัญเชิง) : Before the Ayutthaya period, there was a Thai King named Phra Chao Sai Namphung whom requested for the daughter of the Emperor of China to be his wife. She traveled from China by boat. Upon arrival, the King was not there to greet her resulting in her being heart-broken. After waiting for a long time for the King whom did not come, she killed herself by holding her breath. The sadden King had this temple build at her cremation site in order to gain merit for her sould, naming it Wat Phanan Choeng (วัดพนัญเชิง).
Initially, we did not include Wat Phanan Choeng (วัดพนัญเชิง), however, we were glad that our friendly and experience Tour Guide, Mr Bank brought us here.
Ending our short visit to the beautiful temple of Wat Phanan Choeng (วัดพนัญเชิง), we head to our next stop…. Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon (วัดใหญ่ชัยมงคล)