Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit ( th|วัดมหาธาตุยุวราชรังสฤษฎิ์Pronunciation
) is a Buddhist temple
[Liedtke 2011, p. 58]
It is one of the 10 royal temples of the highest class ( th|พระอารามหลวง ชั้นเอก ชนิดราชวรมหาวิหาร) in Bangkok.
Built during Ayutthaya
period, the temple was then known as Wat Salak. Soon after Bangkok was established as the capital of Siam
, the temple became strategically situated between the newly built Grand Palace
and Front Palace
(residence of the vice-king
). As a result, the temple was used for royal ceremonies and funerals.
Throughout the past two centuries, the temple has been renovated and elevated in status by many Thai kings and royalties. It became the Wat Mahathat of Bangkok in 1803 and was given its current name in 1996. The temple is also home to Vipassana Meditation centre.
[Emmons 2008, p. 66]
, Thailand's oldest higher education institute for Buddhist monks, is on the temple grounds.
This is one of the most important universities in Thailand, split into faculty of human sciences, social sciences, an international programme, and a graduate college.
The first class was admitted in 1889 and by 1997, both universities became public universities.
File:Buddhist monk in Wat Mahathat (Bangkok).jpg|Buddha idols
File:Wat mahathat bkk 05.jpg|Wat Mahathat temple complex
File:01 Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University.jpg|Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University
File:MCU1.jpg|Thai PM at the time, Phibul (centre), joining the graduation ceremony of the Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya’s first class.
Wat Mahathat Yuwarajarangsarit Rajaworamahavihara (Dhammathai)Wat Mahathat Yuwarajarangsarit Rajaworamahavihara (Bangkok Tourist)
Category:Phra Nakhon District
Category:Thai Theravada Buddhist temples and monasteries
Category:Registered ancient monuments in Bangkok