Wat Sa Si known for situating on small islands, its round bell-shaped chedi and walking Buddha statue
Wat Sa Si situated in the middle of the large reservoir known as Traphang Trakuan which lies a few hundred meters Northwest of Wat Mahathat.This beautiful ancient temple consist the main round bell-shaped chedi, assembly hall (vihan) and ordination hall (ubosot) which stand in a linear east-west arrangement. The ubosot is detached, occupying on another small island east of the main island linked via a bridge.
The round stupa serves as historical evidence of the prevalence of Sinhalese Buddhism in Sukhothai. This circular stupa is sometime known as a chedi in the Sri Lankan bell-shaped style. The ordination hall in the middle of the reservoir points to a Buddhist concept of demarcating an area where monks perform religious functions by enclosing the holy precincts with water as a symbol of purity.
Besides having the original seated bhumisparsa Buddha in the vihan, Wat Sa Si also houses a well-modeled walking Buddha statue. This walking Buddha carries the trademark of the Sukhothai sculptural style as it stands in front of the small stupa. A Buddha’s distinctive features will includes
bloated body with rounded limbs (‘sacred breath’)
broad shoulders with long arms and fingers
rope end passes over left shoulder extending to the naval
Prior to 1978 A.D., a road name Charot Withi Thong ran through the temple. Fully conscious of the damage and environment problems, the Fine Arts Department demolished it and build a new one alongside the reservoir.