Photo: Wat Phaya Dam .

Wat Phaya Dam

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Wat Phaya Dam is one of several sites found to the west of the city walls and outside of the central historical park area off Highway 1201.

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Photo of Wat Phaya Dam

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.

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