Wat Mahathat, also know as Temple of the Great Relive is located on Na Phrathat Road between Silpakorn University and Thammasat University. The back of the temple faces the Pramane Ground, or Sanam Luang. Wat Mahathat was built during the reign of King Rama I. The temple houses Mahachulalongkorn Buddhist University, one of the two highest seats of Buddhist learning in Thailand and also offers meditation classes for foreigners. Those interested in Buddhist meditation should visit Section 5, which is the head-quarters of Wipassana (insight) meditation in Thailand. Information and practice in English can usually be arranged according to the availability of suitable monks. On Buddhist holy days there is a thriving open air market in the grounds and a comprehensive selection of traditional Thai medicines usually in plant or root form for sale.
The temple complex is open daily from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Telephone - 2226011, 2228,004
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