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  Wat Dhammaram
        Wat Dhammaram is an ancient monastery dating back to the Ayutthaya
period. It is located in Ban Pom sub-district, Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya. Its date
of construction and its founder are unknown, but it is believed that it is more than
414 years old since it was built.  The Burmese troops camped here during its invasion
of Ayutthaya to be able to control the waterway route because the north of the
monastery is Hua Laem which is the site where Lop Buri River and Chao Phraya River
met, therefore serving as a good strategic location which preventing Thai troops
from getting additional forces from the city capital because behind the monastery is
  also an open air field called Thung Prachet, one of the fields where fierce battles
  between Thais and Burmese took place. The three fields are called Thung Pud Lao,
  Thung Chai Kueng and Thung Prachet. There was a route to Suphanburi and
  Visetchanchai. Since the monastery was located east of the Palace,it served as
  one of the four crossings (Wat Dhammaram, Wat Krasartrathisrat, Wat Ratchapee,
  and Wat Chai Wattanaram). Before the first fall of Ayutthaya, Burengnong ,head
  of the Burmese troop surrounded Ayutthaya during the reign of Phra Mahin
  Tharathirat in 1569. At the Burmese camp at Wat Dhammaram, the Burmese played
  a trick by releasing Chao Phraya Chakkri, former head of the Thai troop that had
  been caught by the Burmese at Thung Lum Pli, persuading him to support Burma
  in exchange for reward. Chao Phraya Chakkri accepted the offer and he was
  released at the crossing at Wat Dhammaram. The Burmese once again played a
  trick by killing 30 soldiers accused of releasing prisoner and putting their cut heads
  in front the camp at Wat Dhammaram.
           During the second and last fall of Ayutthaya in 1767., the monastery was
  completely burnt by the Burmese.It was deserted and later restored by King Rama I
  of  Rattankosin and his son  who renamed it "Wat Ratchathammawas Woravihan"
  as a royal monastery. It is also called "Wat Dhammawas" until the reign of
  King Rama IV.  During the reign o f Somdej Phra Borommakot ( 1733-1758.)  there
  were important abbots as follow;
        1. Phra Ubali Maha Thera ( died in Sri Lanka)
        2. Phra Ariyamuni Maha Thera ( died at Wat Dhammaram)
        Because of the long history and past glory of Wat Dhammaram, there is a strong
  interest to preserve this monastery to remain in good condition for future
  generations to study and to serve as a memorial to Phra Ubali Maha Thera and Phra
  Ariyamuni Maha Thera who devoted themselves to spreading Buddism in Sri Lanka.
  Nowadays Buddhist visitors from Sri Lanka often come to see this place when they
  visit Thailand.
   
 
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