Wat Phra Phai Luang This temple lies about 500 metres north of San Luang Gate (
northern gate ). This sanctuary, formerly a Khmer Hindu shrine but later converted
into a Buddhist monastery, is surrounded by a moat. It is second in importance to
Wat Mahathat. Inside, there are three prangs like Wat Si Sawai, but the southern
and the central ones have crumbled leaving only the northern one decorated with stucco
figures. In front of these prangs are a viharn and a crumbled chedi; the later has
a pedestal decorated with stucco seated Buddha images. A mondop contains Buddha
images in four postures; sitting, reclining, standing, and walking. They are now
all in ruins. A Sivalinga ( Phallic emblem of Hindu gods ) was unearthed in the
compound of this sanctuary.
Wat Traphang Thong Situated to the east of Wat Mahathat is Wat Traphang Thong. The
monastery is located on an island in the middle of a large pond. A ruined laterite
Singhalese-style chedi is on the island. In front of it, a new mondop contains the
Lord Buddha’s Footprint slab that was created by King Lithai in 1390 on Samanakut
or Phra Bat Yai Hill. This footprint was removed to the new mondop some years ago.
An annual fair to worship this sacred Lord Buddha’s Footprint takes place at the
same time as the Loi Krathong Festival.
Wat Traphang Ngoen Situated to the west of Wat Mahathat is Wat Traphang-Ngoen with
its square pedestal, main sanctuary, and stucco standing Buddha image in four niches.
There is a Wihan in front, and in the east of the pond, there is an island with an
Ubosot. This edifice has already crumbled and only its pedestal and laterite columns
Wat Si Sawai Situated among magnificent scenery southwest of Wat Mahathat is Wat
Si-Sawai. Three Prangs (pagodas) of Lop Buri or Hindu-style and two Wihans are surrounded
by a laterite wall. The ruin was once a Hindu shrine, but was later converted into
a Buddhist monastery.
Wat Chang Lom is an important monument within the old town of Si Satchanalai. A huge
Chedi supported by 39 elephants, with 4 of them at 4 cardinal points elaborately
decorated, marks the
centre of the temple. Above the Chedi's base, there are niches enshrining images
of the Buddha
subduing Mara. Wat Sa Si Situated near Wat Chana Songkhram is Wat Sa Si. Around
style chedi is the main sanctuary on an island in the middle of Traphang Trakuan
Pond. A large viharn
contains a stucco Buddha image. To the south stands nine chedis of different sizes.
Wat Chetuphon A mondop enshrines four Buddha images in different postures: sitting,
standing, walking, and reclining. The outer walls of the mondop still retains a section
in the form of a slate pillar-balustraded window. There is an entrance to the mondop
to the north. Just behind the mondop is a small sanctuary which contains a Buddha
image known locally as Phra Si Ariya Maitreya, the Lord Buddha of the Future.