It is considered a Thai tradition to build public places such as temples and Thai Sala (Pavilion) in a community. Functioning as a public center, they are used in Buddhist merit-making ceremonies and other social activities.
The structures, finely constructed, not only illustrate the well-to-do status of the community, but also show the generosity of the person who intends to build the places for public use.
The five grand open Sala at Ancient City were built in a pond used as either a public summer house or religious ceremonial center. Ramayana Pavilion is named after the story of the murals painted inside the Sala.