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Ubosot Wat Sala Loi, designed by the architect Wirot Srisuro, is distinctive in that it is a reinterpretation of traditional Thai architecture. Its design as half building-half boat surrounded by water, its austerity and its use of materials and building technology of the time challenged the norm of Thai Buddhist architecture. This paper explores the modern architectural features of Ubosot Wat Sala Loi. Conceived as a sailboat travelling to Nirvana, the Ubosot is indeed executed more like a boat than just making the building’s base in curved as customarily done in traditional architecture when referring to such the conception. The study found that the emergence of architectural modernity of Ubosot Wat Sala Loi evident in the building characteristics, functions, and its materials is related to the changes in society of 1960s Thailand. Notably, the changes in architectural education, which directly influenced the architect who designed the building, and social factors in the northeastern region of Thailand at that time are influential in the creation of modern architecture at Wat Sala Loi.