Wat Si Liam or the "Square Monastery" is located off the city island in the eastern area of Ayutthaya in Phai Ling sub-district. The temple is situated east of Chedi Sam Plum along Rojana Rd (No 309), the latter leading to the Asian Highway.
Only a restored chedi remains of this former temple. No other traces remain. A part of the monastery should have been situated on the spot where Road No 309 has been built. The stupa had likely a triple octagonal base representing the three worlds or the Trai Phum, the whole standing on a square platform. The three worlds are: the sensual worlds, the form world, and the formless world, together forming the Buddhist cosmology. Actually only two bases can be seen as the third base has not been restored in its initial condition.
The bell-shaped chedi is build in Ayutthayan style. The dome rests on three concentric rings, on their turn representing the Trai Phum. Only two rings are visible, although remnants from the third ring can be seen. The harmika was missing and had been replaced during restoration by a cylindrical stub on top of the dome.
Historical data about the monastery and its construction are unknown.
The site is located in Geo Coord: 14° 21' 13.81" N, 100° 35' 39.32" E.
Text & photographs by Tricky Vandenberg - October 2009