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The Footprint of the Lord Buddha, Sara Buri  The mondop housing the Footprint of the Lord Buddha, one of the most sacred places of Thailand, is an architectural style of Ayutthaya art. It is established on the top of a hill in Saraburi Province.

According to a Saraburi folk tale, a hunter named Phran Boon followed a deer that he had shot to the ridge of a low hill. There, he saw the wound ed deer drinking water from a small pond. Astonishingly, the wounds on the creatures body suddenly disappeared. When the deer fled, the hunter came to look at the pond and found that in fact the pond was the footprint of the Buddha. Being reported and investigating the site himself, Phra Chao Song Tham (1620-1628 A.D.) found the ancient Buddha footprint of which its appearance in Siam was foretold by Ceylonese monks in a Ceylonese scripture.

Muang Boran rebuilt Mondop of Footprint in accordance with two distinctive accounts from Thai literature: Nirat Phra Bat written by Sunthorn Phu, the eminent poet of the Rattanakosin era; and Punnowat Kham Chan by Phra Maha Nak of Wat Tha Sai.

Both stories had been written before the reconstruction of the mondop took place in the 19th century A.D. The interior was rebuilt from an earlier Thai document by Khun Khlon. The footprint housed in the mondop at Muang Boran was a gift from an Indian president.

Sala of Ramayana It is considered a Thai tradition to build public places such as temples and Thai Sala ( pavilion ) in a community. Functioning as a public centre, they are used in Buddhist merit making ceremonies and other social activities. The structures, finely constructed, not only illustrate the well to do status of the community, but also show the generosity of the person who intends to build the places for public use.

Ramayana is very popular literature among Southeast Asian countries because it tells of the story that praises the supremacy of the king who, in everyday peoples view point, performs like the Hindu god. His greatest duty is to bring peace to his kingdom, like god bringing peace to the world community.

The five grand open sala at Muang Boran were built in a pond used as either a public summer house or religious ceremonial centre. Ramayana Pavilion ( Sala of Ramayana ) is named after the story of the murals painted inside the Sala.