Sunday, May 1, 2011

Wat Lokaya Sutha, Ayutthaya

This temple was the last one we visited in Ayutthaya.  I took only few pictures because it was getting dark and was too late.  This Temple is situated to the west of the Ayutthaya Grand Royal Palace.  It was constructed at an unknown date, and was largely destroyed when the city of Ayutthaya fell to the Burmese in 1767. Its name means "The Temple of the Earth".   It's said that the art style of the temple mail prang reflects early period of Ayutthaya arts.
The Reclining Buddha image is about 42 meters long and 8 meters high, it underwent a restoration in A.D. 1956. This giant statue was once housed under a roof, but that surrounding temple is long gone.
The reclining pose of this statue is meant to represent the exact moment at which Buddha achieved enlightenment.

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