To the west of Sukhothai, this temples significant ancient monuments
include a mandapa and a vihara. Made of brick with thick walls, the square mandapa
formerly enshrined a Buddha image, now in ruins. The thick wall was designed to
support a heavy brick structure forming the top of the building. Topped with this
brick structure, the mandapa enshrining the Buddha image looked more prominent
than the vihara located in front of it. Only a base and columns of the vihara
remain. The vihara with a tiled wooden roof was where people came to worship
the Buddha image enshrined in the mandapa. A separate building for worshippers
was the norm during the lifetime of Lord Buddha. Visiting a temple, Lord Buddha
dwelt in his own place, separate from the vihara where his worshippers performed religious functions.
Wat Si Thon was where a learned monk with from Sri Lanka a know
ledge of the Tripitaka stayed. This monk is believed to have composed an eulogy
to Phra Maha Dharmaraja Li Thai on Stone Inscription No. 4.