Photo: A gracious Buddha at Wat Sa Si.

Wat Sa Si

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Set on an island in the Traphang Trakuan Pond and accessible by footbridges, Wat Sa Si is one of Sukhothai’s more tranquil sites.

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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.

Peaceful setting at Wat Sa Si. Photo taken in or around Wat Sa Si, Sukhothai, Thailand by David Luekens.

Peaceful setting at Wat Sa Si. Photo: David Luekens

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 ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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