Discover with Timothy Tye
Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat วัดพระศรีรัตนมหาธาตุ , Si Satchanalai

Start here
Look for Property in Penang

Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat, Si SatchanalaiWat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat, Si Satchanalai (23 December, 2002)

Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat (GPS: 17.42921, 99.81115; Thai: วัดพระศรีรัตนมหาธาตุ ) is one of the more unusual temple ruins in Si Satchanalai, Thailand.

The Khmer-style temple tower offers an insight that this temple was built by the Khmers when they occupied this area. The locals call this temple Phra Prang, as "prang" refers to the temple tower, or "prasat" ប្រាសាទ in Khmer. Moreover fragments of roof tiles and other material resembling those at Bayon provides a clue that Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat may have been built during the time of Khmer king Jayavarman VII (1181-circa 1219), and that being the case, it was originally be a Mahayana Buddhist temple.

Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat has an unusual enclosure wall. Instead of rocks or bricks that are stacked, the temple is surrounded by circular laterite columns, with horizontol laterite beams placed on top of them, forming a sort of crude palisade. Entry to the temple is from the east, where you would find a modern-day viharn (assembly hall) right in front of it. Just before entering, take note of the stucco-covered sculpture sitting on two of the entrance. It has faces in four direction, similar to those at Angkor Thom, but at a much reduced scale, and nowhere as majestic.

Looking back at the entrance into Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat (Dec 2014)

The gateway into the temple is very low, and in all likelihood, you will have to bow down to get through. Once in, look to your right, and you will see a miniature temple. It has its own little viharn and behind that, its own stupa. It looks normal, except that it is at a reduced scale.

The "little" temple within the compound of Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat (Dec 2014)

All that is left of the main viharn of Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat is the base and columns holding up what was once the roof, but now just empty sky. The seated Buddha statue of the viharn is still there. It has the subduing Mara posture, with the right hand pointing down to earth.

To the right side of the seated Buddha statue is another Buddha, noted as being one of the most beautiful walking Buddha statue.

Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat (Dec 2014)

Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat, Si SatchanalaiWat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat, Si Satchanalai (23 December, 2002)

Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat, Si SatchanalaiThe seated Buddha statue in the main assembly hall of Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat, Si Satchanalai (23 December, 2002)

Behind the viharn is the Khmer-style prang. It has staircase that leads steeply up to the shrine at the top.

The Khmer-style prang (Dec 2014)

After checking out the chedi, continue west, where you pass by a half-broken chedi. Behind it is a mandapa, called Phra Atharot. It has a tall standing Buddha that is tightly fitted to the building.

Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat, Si SatchanalaiThe standing Buddha in the mandapa of Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat, Si Satchanalai (23 December, 2002)

Finally, at the furthest west of the temple, there are two seated Buddha statues together. The one behind is bigger, but the arm is lost, while the one in front has its hands in the subduing Mara posture.

Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat, Si SatchanalaiThe two Buddha statues at the far west side of Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat. (23 December, 2002)

Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat is on the map of Si Satchanalai

List of Wats in Si Satchanalai and Wats in Thailand

Discover the Ancient Sites of Asia with me

If you love learning about Asian civilization, here are other ancient sites in Asia that I have explored and written about.

Visiting Si Satchanalai any time soon?

Use our search engine to compare and select the online booking site that offers you the best room rate based on your travel period.

Going somewhere?

If you're travelling somewhere, look for accommodation using the Search Hotel engine below. It helps you find the online booking site that offers the best rates for the room you want.

 Latest pages in Discover with Timothy Tye

 Vital Links

Hire a car | Our Recipes | Facebook Posts | Just Curious | Not In The Dictionary | Our Flowering Garden

My YouTube Videos

Timothy Tye YouTube Channel

Check out my YouTube Channel and don't forget to subscribe!

Provinces of Thailand

Let me take you to explore Thailand, province by province. The map below shows you all the provinces of the kingdom. Click on each of them for the details.

 List of 70 sights in Thailand

 Discover the World

About Timothy Tye

Welcome to my website, Discover with Timothy Tye. I started it in 2003 to freely share information about places. Today it has close to thirty thousand pages. I have been writing this website full time since 1 November 2007, and continue to do so as a means to satisfy my curiosity about the world around me. I am happy if the information I have assembled is useful to you. Please follow me on Facebook!

As a Christian, I hope that through this website, I am able to deliver God's Good News to those who need it all over the world. If you wish to contact me, please submit the contact form. Thanks again, don't forget to follow me on Facebook!

 Malaysia Travel Tips!

My Malaysia Travel Tips has useful information on every state in Malaysia (Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Terengganu) and every major city and destination (Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Ipoh, Langkawi, Cameron Highlands, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Alor Setar, Seremban, Petaling Jaya, Putrajaya, Kota Bharu, Kuala Terengganu, Taiping) and hundreds of smaller towns.

 Singapore Travel Tips!

In addition to covering Malaysia, I have created the travel tips for Singapore. Please visit my Singapore Travel Tips for browse through the pages there.


This website is hosted on Bluehost, one of the biggest web hosting companies in the world.

Copyright © 2003-2019 Timothy Tye. All Rights Reserved.