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Legend has it that this temple was built in 1503 by Phra Ong Indra during the reign of King Ramathibodhi II (r. 1491-1529). The name suggests that this was a royal cremation site; possibly even used for a king. Royal Chronicles speak of important events here. King Maha Chakkraphat (r. 1548-1569) signed a peace treaty with the Burmese king at this temple. Later, in 1760, the Burmese used this monastery during one of its invasions to fire canons at the royal palace. The Burmese king was severely wounded by one of his own canon’s burst and later died on his way home.
The two Buddha images at this monastery are very old. The golden Buddha image in the main wiharn (6 metres high, 4.4 metres in width), with its decorative crown, is in a style associated with King Prasat Thong (r. 1629-1656). The second Buddha image, carved out of green stone is the star of the show here and is believed to be made in the Dvaravati style (Mon) dating from 707-757 AD. The size of the image is 5.20 m high or three times normal human size. It is the largest figure of a seated Buddha originally displaying the dharmachakra mudra with his feet placed on a lotus pedestal in a western style manner, legs apart. The story goes that the image was moved from Wat Phra Men in Nakhon Pathom province, where several Buddha images in Dvaravati style have been found, two of which were moved to Ayutthaya. The statue here was first kept at Wat Mahathat. During the reign of King Rama II the image was relocated here.
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