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    Destination Thailand: Sukhothai

    Destination Thailand: Sukhothai

    Sukhothai (Thai: สุโขทัย) was the capital of the Sukhothai Kingdom.

    Sukhothai is 12 km from the modern city of New Sukhothai.

    Sukhothai, which literally means "Dawn of Happiness" with an area of 6,596 sq.km., is about 427 km north of Bangkok and was founded in 1238. Sukhothai was the capital of the Thai Empire for approximately 140 years. Today 193 temples are excavated and partly reconstructed. Old Sukhothai is a very quiet town with almost no hotels but with a great way to experience life in a Thai village. It is possible to rent bicycles in order to reach the temples outside the city wall and with some luck (and some Thai language skills) one can meet some of the locals. Most tourists stay in New Sukhothai, about 12 km to the East.

    The Sukhothai Historical Park (Thai: อุทยานประวัติศาสตร์สุโขทัย) covers the ruins of Sukhothai, capital of the Sukhothai kingdom in the 13th and 14th centuries,[1] in what is now the north of Thailand. It is located near the modern city of Sukhothai, capital of the province with the same name.

    The city walls form a rectangle about 2 km east-west by 1.6 km north-south. There are 193 ruins on 70 square kilometers of land. There is a gate in the centre of each wall. Inside are the remains of the royal palace and twenty-six temples, the largest being Wat Mahathat. The park is maintained by the Fine Arts Department of Thailand with help from UNESCO, which has declared it a World Heritage Site. The park sees thousands of visitors each year, who marvel at the ancient Buddha figures, palace buildings and ruined temples. The park is easily toured by bicycle or even on foot.

    The protection of the area was first announced in the Royal Gazette on June 6, 1962. In 1976 the restoration project was approved, and in July 1988 the park was officially opened. On December 12, 1991, it was declared a World Heritage Site as part of the Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns together with the associated historic parks in Kamphaeng Phet and Si Satchanalai.

    Starting with an image of the Yom River flowing through Sukothai:



    Then head over to Sukothai Historical Park:


  • pakarang
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    Thank you so very much for adding your images to this wonderful place in Thailand...

    It's a very historical site in so many ways of the word and the atmosphere here is somewhat truly special.

    This is one of the places I have visited several times during my years living in Thailand.

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    With this last photograph looking across a pond to the ordination hall, I conclude my photographs of Sukhothai …until, as I hope, I return there some day.

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    This beautiful seated Buddha is in the remains of the bot or ordination hall

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    Another view of the park landscape; trees provide welcome shade as one explores the ruins.

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    Bell-shaped chedis in another part of the temple.

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    The main chedi (seen from a distance in the earlier photographs) is in a lotus-bud style which is typical of the Sukhothai style. It is immediately surrounded by eight chedis which represent the peaks of Mount Meru and these and their artwork and decoration have influences of other styles.




    A walking Buddha on one of the subsidiary structures surrounding the main lotus-bud chedi…

    …and a standing Buddha.

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  • Seagull
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    It is interesting to see the laterite brick construction methods and stucco work in various states of preservation, weathering, and reconstruction.




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    There is certainly much of the present day ruins that isn't illustrated in my photographs, but here is something that most visitors will see – a frieze of walking monks around the base of the main chedi.





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  • Seagull
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    This is where it starts to get really complicated to annotate my images of Wat Mahathat. The sheer number of chedis (stupas) and prayer halls that once existed here is staggering, and following the main construction period during the 13th and 14th centuries there was continual expansion and modification, probably right up to the abandonment of the city in the 18th century.









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    Another photograph which captures the soft light and tranquil mood of the surroundings.

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    A seated Buddha in a mondop. This can be seen in the distant view of #176/1, as can the magnificent Bodhi tree.

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    Phra Attharot – the one on the left in the earlier photos.





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