|WAT SI LIAM 2 (วัดสี่เหลี่ยม)
|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
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 geographical coordinates: 14° 21' 14.08" N, 100° 35' 39.17" E.
|Text, maps & photographs by Tricky Vandenberg - October 2009
Updated June 2015
|(View north side)
|(View south side)
|(Detail of a 2007 Fine Arts Department GIS map -
Courtesy of the Fine Arts Department - 3th Region)