Wat Phayao is located on the bank of the Pa Sak River, Mu 1, Tambon Sala Rithai. At the back of the temple is the Pak Bang – Saraburi Road, passing by the golden Buddha image of the Ayutthaya period. The image originally resided at a deserted temple in Uthai District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya. Later, King Rama I the Great ordered to take it to reside as the principal Buddha image of Saraburi. The golden Buddha image is the most revered by the people of Saraburi.
This golden Buddha image of Wat Phayao is considered as one of the major sculptures of Ayutthaya period. It is believed to have been constructed during the reign of either Somdet Phra Borommatrailokkanat or Somdet Phra Ramathibodi II. Also, it is believed that the casting of the Buddha image from liquid gold into a gigantic one cannot be done by normal human beings. Only a king who possesses royal charisma would have been able to have constructed a Buddha image like this.
The golden Buddha image of Wat Phayao processes fine characteristics of proportionate body and elegance, sitting in the meditation posture presenting courage and strength.
The believers built a wihan with a cruciform plan as a residence for the Buddha image to enhance its dignity and honour to the people of Saraburi.
To get there: Take the Saraburi – Ban Yang Route and turn right at the opposite site of the Pa Sak River Bridge and proceed further for 100 metres. The overall distance from Mueang district of Saraburi is approximately 9 kilometres.