An outlying site
Published: 18th June, 2016
Probably built in the late Sukhothai period, the complex features an unusual laterite mondop with a sloping roof and large reliquaries on either side. Seated and standing Buddha images were once placed inside, though faint outlines on the back walls are all that’s left of them today. The mondop is massive and you can walk inside the musty crypts, now home to flocks of pigeons.
Draped in forest, the rest of the site consists of dilapidated chedis, walls and brick bases that once supported wihaans. While you shouldn’t lose any sleep if you miss it, Wat Phaya Dam is an atmospheric site that you’ll almost certainly have to yourself.
A few interesting chedis and other features can also be found at other outlying sites off 1201, including Wat Chedi Kao Yod and Wat Si Ophat. All of these sites are free and can be hit casually on the way to the Thuriang kilns.
From the historical park’s main southern gate, continue straight west rather than entering the park and Wat Phaya Dam will be on the left, a couple of hundred metres east of Highway 1201. Admission is free.
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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