To the right of Wat Ton Chan, this temple is famous for its
four Buddha images of vast size in
four different postures (sitting,
reclining, standing and walking). Their
sheer size is very impressive and can
be seen from afar. Enshrined in a
mandapa with porches on four sides,
these huge Buddha images also
served to support the mandapa roof, a functional feature developed from Burmese
architecture in Pagan. To the west of this mandapa is another small mandapa with
20 indented corners. Traces of a Buddha image in the posture of subduing Mara
were found in the small mandapa. The exterior wall of the small mandapa features
black floral designs like those on Chinese wares.
Another striking feature of Wat Chetuphon is the boundary wall enclosing
the mandapa with four porches. Made of large slabs of slate thick the wall has a
frame and balustrade, imitating woodwork.
To the west of the mandapas is a courtyard, where a tree known as Phra
Si Maha Pho was planted. A brick wall 1 metre high enclosed this courtyard.
There is no evidence as to when this temple was constructed. It is
believed that the temple was not yet built during the reign of Pho Khun
Ramkhamhaeng. According to the stone inscription of Wat Sorasak, around the
early of the 15th century, Venerable Phra Maha Thera Dharmatrailok, an uncle of
a Sukhothai ruler named Phra Maha Dharmara~ja, met with monks from Wat
Chetuphon to discuss the construction of Chang Rop Chedi and other religious
buildings. As the name Wat Chetuphon was mentioned in the stone inscription
together with a description of the architectural style, it is probable that Wat
Chetuphon was an important and flourishing temple during the late Sukhothai period.
A stone inscription was found at Wat Chetuphon. According to this
inscription, Chao Thammarangsi, entering the monkhood for 22 years, made a
Buddha image in 1514 because out of his strong faith in Buddhism.
A mondop enshrines four Buddha images in different postures: sitting, standing, walking and reclining. The outer walls of the mondop still retains a section in the form of slate pillar-balustraded window. There is an entrance to the mondop on the north. Just behind the mondop is a small sanctuary which contains a Buddha image known locally as Phra Si Ariya (Matireya), the Lord Buddha of the Future.