Main lotus-bud stupa at Wat Chedi Jet Thaew, with smaller Stupa with Buddha Image overed by a Naga (serpent) in front.
Wat Chedi Jet Thaew (or Wat Chedi Chet Taew, Taeo) is the largest temple compound and main attraction at Si Satchanalai Historical Park. Literally the name means 'temple with seven rows of chedis', though you will not be able to figure out where the seven rows are. In any case there are many chedis (or stupas) at the site.
The temple compound has features influenced by Khmer, Mon, Burmese, Lanna culture, and of course by Sukhothai architecture.
It likely was built during the reign of King Li Thai, during which reign (1347-1368/73) a lot of temples apparently were constructed.
The usual entrance is located opposite the also impressive stupa of Wat Chang Lom.
The main lotus-bud stupa is located about right in the center of the temple compound. If you dare to climb up the stupa, you can notice remains of mural paintings. Reproductions of these paintings (now in poor condition) can be seen at the Ramkhamhaeng National Museum in Sukhothai.
Buddha Image seated on coils of a serpent (Naga) and covered by its nine heads, Wat Chedi Jet Thaew, Si Satchanalai.
On the north side (close to the entrance) is a striking smaller stupa which houses a Buddha Image in a niche with the gesture of meditation. A serpent (or Naga) supports the Image, and its seven coils swirl around the back of the Buddha, while its nine heads cover the Buddha's head. This type of Buddha Image is typical of Khmer art of the 12th and 13th centuries.
You will also notice Standing Buddha Images in niches in other stupas at the site. Wat Chedi Jet Thaew is a vast compound, take your time to wander around the place.
Main Chedi at Wat Chedi Jet Thaew.
Standing Buddha Image in one of the 'secondary' stupas, Wat Chedi Jet Thaew, Si Satchanalai.