Wat Ratchaburana was built in 1424 and is located adjacent to Wat Maha That in the center of the old city in Ayutthaya, Thailand. The meaning of Wat Ratchaburana is “the temple of Rayal Restoration” and was built by King Boromaraja II as a memorial to his two elder brothers.
At the center of the temple is a large Khmer style prang on an elevated platform. On the corners of the prang there are sculptures of religious figures and Garudas which are Hindu bird like creatures.
On the east side is a steep stairway leading to the crypt where relics were discovered that are now exhibited in a nearby museum.
When King Intharacha I died, his two oldest sons fought each other to be the next king. During the fight both sons died and the third son ascended to the throne. The new king built Wat Ratchaburana on the spot where his two older brothers were cremated. Two chedis next to the prang were erected in the temple to hold the ashes of his elder brothers.
Other structures and chedis are located in the temple complex. Some of these are shown in the photos below.
Directly in front of the prang is the ordination hall (ubosot). An Ubosot is building in a Buddhist Wat that contains a Buddha and is considered to be the holiest prayer room. The walls of the ubosot still stands but the wooden roof no longer remains.