Saturday, April 14, 2007

Wat Si Sawai : Sukhothai

Wat Si Sawai is situated 350 metres from the south of Wat Mahathat. Its three prangs (imitated Hindu Shikhara Vimanas) are regarded as ancient edifice of considerable significance. Demarcated by a wall, the three prangs were built in Lop Buri art style. Their slender forms on low bases are decorated with stucco, some designs are similar to those on Chinese ware of Yuan dynasty. Found in situ, a carved lintel depicting the reclining Vishnu on Ananta Naga(Anantasayana), fragments of Hindu god images and linga, all point out that this temple was originally a Hindu sanctuary and was later transformed into a Buddhist temple with some expansion of the frontal part in form of a vihara.


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