Wat Yai Chai Mongkol is located not far from the ruins at Ayutthaya and is known for the large statue of the Reclining Buddha located there. This is an active Buddhist temple with many beautiful statues of Buddha and smaller shrines on the grounds. Click here to see the pictures we took in 1994.

On our drive over to the Wat we passed a tourist trap offering rides on elephants. The bus pulled over to the side of the road for a minute to allow us to goggle at the lucky ones getting to ride the elephants, but there was no time to allow us to get out and mingle with the elephants. Seeing the elephants brought back some wonderful memories of our visit to Phuket, Thailand back in 1994. The hotel we stayed at had an elephant as a mascot and we got to play with him everyday we were there. If you want to see pictures of Popeye click here and a window will open with those pictures.

After we all drooled at those lucky enough to get the chance to ride an elephant the bus continued onto the Wat. We were all disappointed but looking forward to our next adventure.

Anyone for a ride? Yes, all
of us wanted to but couldn't.
Photo by John
This large statue of Buddha reclining pictures the spiritual leader in death. It is massive in size and beautiful covered by the bright orange cloth.

Reclining Buddha

Reclining Buddha through the fisheye

Head of the Reclining Buddha

Another large statue of Buddha,
too bad the wires ruin the picture

Hundreds of statues of Buddha were all around the Wat
Join us on the next page for pictures of Bang Pa In, the Summer Palace. See you there ...
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Planning and Getting there: Grand Circle Tours and Northwest Airlines
Beijing : Arriving in Beijing | Tiananmen Square | The Imperial (Forbidden) Palace (1) | The Imperial Palace (2) | The Nine Sons of the Dragon
The Imperial Palace Garden | The Summer Palace | Summer Palace (2) | Summer Palace (3) | Summer Palace (4) | Local Beijing Market
Local Beijing Market (2) | Hutong | Bell Tower | Hutong Family, Dinner and the Opera | Cloisonné Factory | Ming Tombs | Ming Tombs (2)
Great Wall of China at Ba Da Ling | Temple of Heaven
Shanghai : Arriving Shanghai | Yuyuan Garden | Yuyuan Garden (2) | The Temple of the Jade Buddha | The Bund | Day Excursion to Suzhou
Silk Process | The Administrator's Garden of Suzhou | Shanghai Museum of Art
Cruising the Yangtze River : Yangtze Cruise, Day 1 | Yangtze Cruise, Day 2 | The Xiling and Wu Gorge | The Lesser Three Gorges
The Lesser Three Gorges (2) | The Qutang Gorge | Wanxian | The Last Day of Cruising | Regal China Cruise Lines
Chongqing : Chongqing
Xi'an : Xi'an and Emperor Qin's Terracotta Warriors | Emperor's Qin's Terracotta Warriors (2) | Great Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an City Wall
Quilin : The Limestone Peaks of the Li River | The Limestone Peaks of the Li River (2) | Guilin and the Childrens Park | Children's Park (2) and Reed Flute Cave
The Hotels: Hotels, rail and air travel in China
Hong Kong : Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and Aberdeen Fishing Village | Hong Kong at Sunset | Hong Kong Bird & Flower Market
| New Territories Fishing Village | Hong Kong Farewell Dinner
Bangkok : Jim Thompson House and Golden Buddha | The Flower Market | The Food Vendors | Grand Palace | Mystical Figures | Brightly Painted Masks on Mystical Figures
Golden Mystical Figures | Buildings of the Grand Palace | Lunching at the Shangri La Hotel | Loy Nava Rice Barge Cruise | Ayutthaya, Ancient Capital of Siam
Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and the Reclining Buddha | Bang Pa In, The Summer Palace |

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