Catagorize: Historical Sites & Monuments
Contact: at Wat Sa Kamphaeng Yai, Ban Kamphaeng Yai, Sa Kamphaeng Yai subdistrict, Uthumphon Phisai district, Sisaket province Tel. 0 4451 4447
Prasat Wat Sa Kamphaeng Yai, also known as Prasat Sri Pruetasuan, is at Wat Sa Kamphaeng Yai, Ban Kamphaeng Yai, Sa Kamphaeng Yai subdistrict, Uthumphon Phisai district, Sisaket province. It is located 2 kilometers away from Uthumphon Phisai district or 26 kilometers away from Sisaket downtown. It was built in the Baphuon architectural style during the 16th Buddhist Century. It is believed that this Khmer ruin was a place of worship dedicated to Lord Shiva. Later, in the 18th Buddhist Century it was transformed into a Mahayana Buddhist monastery. Prasat Wat Sa Kamphaeng Noi has been certified as Thailand’s national historic site on 8 March 1935.
Prasat Wat Sa Kamphaeng Yai is a grand ancient Khmer sanctuary. It consists of 3 prangs (pagoda) on a collinear plane in North-South direction. All the prangs face east. The main prang in the middle was made of sandstone and a mixture of brickwork. There is a lintel which depicts God Indra mounting Erawan the heavenly elephant above the Kiattimukha. The other two parallel prangs were mainly made of brick and decorated with sandstone embellishment, e.g. gable frames and door frames. Moreover, there is another prang within the cloister standing southwest.
In front of the main prang stand 2 assembly halls. They were made from bricks, stood on laterite bases, and facing west. The assembly hall in the north houses a lintel which depicts Lord Vishnu reclining on Ananta Nagarat in the Ocean of Milk. The other assembly hall in the south houses a lintel featuring images of Lord Shiva and Uma Mahadevi mounting on Bull Nandi. Both assembly halls also store scriptures, so they are equivalent to Buddhist “Hor Trai”.
All structures are surrounded by rectangular cloisters. There are 4 Gopura (arched doorway) on 4 directions. The pond, which is an essential feature of ancient Khmer sanctuary, sat 500 meters east of this historic site, but it had already vanished.
Not only the most complete stone sanctuary in Sisaket, Prasat Wat Sa Kamphaeng Yai is an archeological site where numerous antiquities were excavated, including 13 lintels, votive tablets, ancient Buddha images, etc. Therefore, Sisaket, Prasat Wat Sa Kamphaeng Yai is a must-see attraction.
Contact: tel. 0 4451 4447