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Although the giant chedi (tallest in Ayutthaya) seems to often be the main attraction, the main feature of Wat Yai Chaimongkhon is the 7m-long Reclining Buddha found among the ruins of the viharn (monastery) area. Wat Yai Chaimongkhon is a working temple and was commissioned in the mid 14th century by King U-Thong as a temple of meditation. It definitely was a peaceful place.
The robes of the Reclining Buddha are changed on New Years Day. Normally this Buddha is covered in saffron-coloured robes so I’m not sure where those robes were on the day we visited.