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Wat Sa Si (Center of old city center)

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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.

 

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Entrance to Wat Sa Si, Sukhothai
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Bridge to get across Traphang Trakuan to Wat Sa Si, Sukothai
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Side view depicting full structures of Wat Sa Si, Sukhothai
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Walking Buddha statue and the smaller stupa of Wat Sa Si, Sukhothai
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Smaller stupa of Wat Sa Si, Sukhothai
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Walking buddha statue on the left of the main bell-shaped stupa, Wat Sa Si, Sukhothai
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Main bell-shaped stupa of Wat Sa Si, Sukhothai
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Looking west from vihan to primary stupa, Wat Sa Si, Sukhothai
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Pillar form the ruins of the assembly hall with seating Buddha at the back, Wat Sa Si, Sukhothai
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Buddha with the posture of subduing Mara, Wat Sa Si, Sukhothai
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Viewing Wat Sa Si from the Ubosot bridge, Sukhothai (B&W)
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Viewing Wat Sa Si from the Ubosot bridge, Sukhothai
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Selfie taken at Wat Sa Si, Sukhothai
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Looking from the entrance at Wat Sa Si, Sukhothai
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