Built during the 18th century and Ayutthaya period by King Rama I, Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit was formely known as Wat Salak. This themple is located between the Grand Palace and Front Palace (Krom Phra Rajawang Bovorn Sathan Mongkol) in the Na Phrathat Road, Phra Nakhon District of Bangkok.

Wat Mahathat Yuwarajarangsarit is one of the 10 royal temples of the highest class and one of the most religiously significant.

The Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, the oldest center of study for Buddhist monks in Thailand founded in 1887, is situated within the temple.

Wat Mahathat is also known as Temple of the Great Relic.

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