Built in 1630 by King Prasat Thong, Wat Chaiwatthanaram (also spelled Chai Watthanaram) is one of Ayutthaya's most photographed temples, thanks to its riverside setting and Khymer-style prang.
The temple can be viewed from the riverside as the sunset behinds it. The 35-meter-high central prang and satellite chedis are similar to the layout of Cambodia's Angkor Wat.
The temple is to the south of the island and can be seen on a sunset river cruise or reached by bicycle via a nearby bridge.
Updated: January 21, 2011.
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