WAT PA SAO (วัดป่าเสา )
Wat Pa Sao is located west of the main island, just north of Wat Kasatrathirat. It is
surrounded by houses and concealed from the main road. A large amount of garbage is
scattered on-site, and locals currently store debris where the monastery was once
located.

A medium-sized bell-shaped chedi remains on the site. It has been heavily eroded over
the years, and its 13-ring spire has since broken off. Most of the stucco has peeled off
the main chedi, but remains of a lotus blossom are clearly visible around the relic
chamber. Holes have been dug into the chedi by looters, and the ruin has been mostly
plundered. However, a small stack of headless Buddha images remains beside the
un-restored ruin. There are no surviving sermon halls, foundation, or boundary walls.

The history of Wat Pa Sao remains unclear, but the bell-shaped chedi was constructed in
a style popular during the Middle Ayutthaya Period. This site does not appear on
Phraya
Boran Rachathanin's map of 1926 and is not mentioned until a Fine Arts Department
map of 1993.
View of the remnants of Wat Pa Sao
View of the remnants of Wat Pa Sao
Text by Ken May - April 2009
Detail of a 19th century map
Detail of a 2007 Fine Arts Department GIS map
(Detail of a 19th century map - Courtesy Sam Chao
Phraya Museum)
(Detail of a 2007 Fine Arts Department GIS map -
Courtesy of the Fine Arts Department - 3th Region)
(View of the remnants of Wat Pa Sao)
(View of the remnants of Wat Pa Sao)
Addendum

Wat Pa Sao is located in geographical coordinates: 14° 21' 10.40" N, 100° 32' 41.45"
E. On a visit in June 2020, the site looked even more deteriorated than in 2009. Although
the chedi of Wat Pa Sao is located between two major and restored temples, being Wat
Kasatra and
Wat Thammaram, to date, June 2020, nothing has been done to restore the
chedi since my visit in 2009, maybe due to the reason of nearby habitation.
Addendum, photographs & maps by Tricky Vandenberg - July 2009
Updated June 2020