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Wat Sri Sawai is known for its three prangs with excellent exterior stucco decorations and its banyan tree.

 

Wat Sri Sawai is the most Khmer-styled temple remaining at Sukhothai. This temple was originally built for the worship of the Hindu gods and was later transformed into a Buddhist temple. This temple is demarcated by a wall and houses three massive prangs,built in Lop-Buri Cambodian art style, that represents the Hindu trinity.

 

These three prangs are decorated with reliefs showing Buddha images, Kirtimukha faces, Kala images and Makaras, which depicts mythical half-human and half-animal figures such as guardians, garudas and naga serpents. There is also an opening at the base of each of the three prangs, however it only leads to an isolated small room. The central prang is 15-meters taller than the two prangs on either sides.

 

 

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Entrance to Wat Sri Sawai, Sukhothai
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Wat Sri Sawai surrounded by the lush greenery
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View of Wat Sri Sawai across a pond
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One of the three prangs of Wat Sri Sawai, Sukhothai
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Wat Sri Sawai's prangs have now become home to many birds
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Quail egg found on the floor of Wat Sri Sawai, Sukhothai
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Figurative antefixes of Wat Sri Sawai, Sukhothai
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Opening beneath each prang, Wat Sri Sawai, Sukhothai
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Opening leads to an isolated room
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Tight spacing between each prang, Wat Sri Sawai, Sukhothai
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Central and western prang of Wat Sri Sawai, Sukhothai
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Looking north toward prangs, Wat Sri Sawai, Sukhothai
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Central and eastern prang of Wat Sri Sawai, Sukhothai
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Wat Sri Sawai's assembly hall and its sacred banyan tree
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Three prangs and an assemble hall of Wat Sri Sawai, Sukhothai
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Side view of Wat Sri Sawai, Sukhothai
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Selfie taken with the prangs at Wat Sri Sawai, Sukhothai
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Ancient ruins Wat Sri Sawai, Sukhothai
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Selfie taken at Wat Sri Sawai, Sukhothai
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