This temple was built since the early phase of Ayutthaya Era by King U-thong’s order, in the area where King U-thong used to set-up his camp during the founding of Ayutthaya as the capital. Thus, this temple is considered to be greatly significant.
At present, Wat Phutthai Sawan is functional and has Buddhist monks residing inside. However, there are also many interesting archaic constructions, the outstanding one of which is the big pagoda in Khmer (Khom) style, which has been restored consistently. Inside this big pagoda, there is a small pagoda in which Lord Buddha’s relics are enshrined. People can go inside the big pagoda to worship the relics.
At the arch beside the big pagoda, there is a beautiful standing Buddha image with interesting history. In the past, people of Ayutthaya had great faith in a god statue that had been enshrined at the same location. This god statue was called Phra Chao U-thong. However, King Rama I moved the statue to the Royal Pantheon at the Emerald Buddha Temple, and built a new Phra Chao U-thong, which was changed from a god statue to a Buddha image, and enshrined at the same place.
At the back of the pagoda, there are significant ruins of archaic constructions including the ruin of the pantheon in which a reclining Buddha image in good conditions is housed.
Also, Wat Phutthai Sawan has a great number of sacred things that modern people worship such as the pavilion of Chatukham Ramthep (a Hindu god) and Statutes of 5 former Kings of Thailand, which are by the side of Chao Phraya River, near the parking lot.
Location: Outside the city island, by the west side of Chao Phraya River, Samphao Lom Sub-district