Set on an island in the Traphang Trakuan Pond and accessible by footbridges, Wat Sa Si is one of Sukhothai’s more tranquil sites.
Also spelt Wat Sra Sri, the site was probably used for important Buddhist ceremonies that took advantage of the purity symbolised by the water boundaries. This idea was well and truly forgotten when Sukhothai’s main road, Jarod Vithithong, cut just south of the site before it was moved to the northern rim of the central zone in 1978.
The most eye-catching feature is a tall and slender Sri Lankan-style chedi fronted by the remains of a small wihaan with a seated Buddha image made of white stucco. Stroll to the sides for a shot of the Buddha framed by the ancient laterite pillars. Off to the side sits a smaller chedi-topped mondop accompanied by a recreation of Wat Traphang Ngoen’s famous walking Buddha image.
Take a footbridge to a secondary island to check out what’s left of another small hall and a few ancient stone markers. You could feed the fish here or just relax beside the pond under the shade of one of many trees draped over the site.
Given its location at the centre of the historical park’s largest pond, Wat Sa Si is a focal point for the annual Loy Krathong festivities. It also serves as a stage for the light and sound shows that take place in the evening on the first Friday of every month.
How to get there
Wat Sa Si is located near the northern gate in the historical park’s central zone, just west of the King Ramkamhaeng Monument.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 15th June, 2016.