WAT SIKA SAMUT
Wat Sika Samut is located outside the city island in Tambon Phai Ling, just north of
Wat Maheyong.

The monastery is surrounded by a moat, looking like a  small island. Following the Fine
Arts Department description in situ, the moat was used as water sema - a boundary for
doing religious rites (Udaka sema).

The site consists of an ubosot or ordination hall and a principal pagoda on the west. The
principal pagoda is bell-shaped  on a circular base. The base itself has 20 niches in lotus
petal shape, in which in ancient times Buddha images were situated. Within the
monastery are a  number of foundations of chedi rai.

Its historical background and period of construction are unknown. According to
archaeological evidence, this temple was built in the Early Ayutthaya period.
Text & photographs by Tricky Vandenberg - May 2009
(Click thumbnail for an aerial view)