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    Wat Phra That

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 26, 2009
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    Second in size to Wat Phra Kaeo is Wat Phra That, which is next door to it in the Historic Park. Here the principal Chedi is built of a mixture of laterite and bricks with a 15-metre wide square base.

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    Wat Phra Kaew

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 26, 2009
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    This is one of the most picturesque and, therefore, famous temples as it's located in the middle of the Historic Park. It is a large royal temple near a site believed to have been a palace. The temple itself was used on important city events and had no monks in residence. Major features include the principal Chedi with a lion-adorned base and a round Chedi with an elephant-adorned base. There are also other Chedis of different bases and remains of several chapels. But its most redeeming feature is its reclining Buddha in front of two seated Buddhas.

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    Wat Chang Rop

    by Willettsworld Updated Nov 26, 2009
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    This is another of the famous temples in Kamphaeng Phet and is located in the forest area to the north of the city walls. It's famous round Ceylonese style chedi is built on top of a 31-metre square base which is furnished with 68 stucco elephants. There is a staircase on each side with lion sculptures. There are also traces of demon and female dancers.

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    Wat Kamphang Ngam

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 26, 2009
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    This is one of the famous ruins at Kamphaeng Phet and is located in the forest area to the north of the city walls. Originally, the temple enclosure was in a beautiful condition which earned it the name Kamphang Ngam, meaning "beautiful wall". In the compound there is a large vihara with a balcony at the front, back with staircases. Next to this is a chedi. Another 6 chedis are found in the monk's living quarters.

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    Wat Singh

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 26, 2009
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    Located to the north of Wat Phra Si Ariyabot, this is believed to have been constructed during both the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya periods. With laterite walls, it has a square-shaped principal Chedi with arches on four sides. In front of the Ubosot are ornamental lion and Naga figurines.

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    Wat Phra Si Ariyabot

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 26, 2009
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    This is located to the north of Wat Phra Non in the forest to the north of the city walls. Walls on the four sides are of laterite materials with an entrance also made of laterite. A Mondop structure houses Buddha statues in four postures - walking, sitting, standing and reclining in the Sukhothai artistic style. Today only the statue in the standing posture remains.

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    Wat Phra Non

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 26, 2009
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    This is the first major ruin, which dates from the 15th-16th century, after entering through the entrance in the forest to the north of the city walls. It is fenced in by laterite walls on four sides. At the front of the temple is a square-shaped pond, bathrooms and an ancient floating pavilion which is supported by a large laterite column. The entire column was cut out in one single piece from its source and measures 1.1 meters on each side and 6.4 meters in height, the largest such stone in the country. A lion sculpture and Sema stones (boundary stones) can still be seen. The large Vihan which once housed the Reclining Buddha has crumbled entirely.

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    Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 25, 2009
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    The Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with old Sukhothai. Chakangrao, the ancient Kamphaeng Phet town, had the same town planning concept as old Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai, with separate zones for religious sites both within and outside of town limits. Structures are usually large and made of laterite. Religious sites on the west bank of the Ping River at Nakhon Chum are built of bricks and of smaller size but the main area is on the east bank within the city walls which are 2,200 metres long. Within this area is Wat Phra Kaeo which is one of the main ruins and features some wonderful Buddha images including one that's reclining. To the north of this area are a concentration of remains which are lie in the a forest and include the impressive Wat Phra Non, Wat Phra Si Ariyabot (with its standing Buddha), Wat Singh and Wat Chang Rop (with its impressive elephant statues). The best way of visiting them is by hiring a bicycle which I did from my guest house - the Three J Guest House (see my accommodation tip).

    Open: 8am-5pm. Admission: 40 baht (which covers all the ruins).

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    City walls

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 25, 2009
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    The City walls and old fortifications mark the boundary of the rectangular town area, measuring 300-700 metres wide and 2,200 metres long. The best place to see them is along the northern wall when you leave the Historic Park to get to some of the other ruins. Along this particular section is Pom Phet which is one of the turrets. It dates from the 15th century and is arrow-shaped.

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    Kamphaeng Phet National Museum

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 25, 2009

    This museum is located inside the Historic Park and houses ancient objects and other antique articles from various eras found in the town. These include sculptured and earthen designs, heads of Buddha statues, traditional celadon products, and sculptures of demons, celestial and human beings used to decorate Chedi bases or Vihans. Shouldn't be missed.

    Open: 9am-4pm Wed-Sun. Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays. Admission: 30 baht.

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    Siva Shrine

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 25, 2009
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    This is the only Hindu sanctuary remains in Kamphaeng Phet and lies just south of the National Museum. The statue of Siva is the largest bronze Hindu sculpture found in Thailand. In 1886, a tourist stole the idol's hands and head but they were returned.

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    Mhong Kale temple - Nakorn Chum area

    by pattayaraj Written Dec 11, 2006
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    This ruin temple located in Nakorn Chum area. There're just bell shaped chedi with 4 niches on 4 side and a base of viharn. The temple used to surrounded with pond as boundary. It assumed to be built in Sukhothai period.

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    Tourist Information Center

    by pattayaraj Written Dec 11, 2006

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    If you 'd like to know an information on Kampaeng Phet Historical Park. Just go to Tourist Information Center in Forestry area of the Historical Park. The Center shows the exhibition on Kampaeng Phet from Pre-historic time to present. It 's a must place to visit before traveling around this wonderful ancient city. The Center also offer bicycle for rent for 20 THB.
    Open : Daily 08.00 AM - 04.30 PM

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    Chang temple

    by pattayaraj Written Dec 11, 2006
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    This temple located on the North of city wall. This ruin temple situated a big bell shaped chedi with 18 elephant statues surrounded on the base. The main chedi surrounded with small chedis and viharn. And all surrounded with pond as boundary. At present, this ruin temple located inside Nagavajrasopon temple. It 's a monk school and university.

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    Thung Setthi Fortress

    by pattayaraj Written Dec 11, 2006
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    This fortress located outside the Kampaeng city in an area of Nakorn Chum old city. It was built in square shape made of laterite. It was assumed to be built in Mid-Ayutthaya period by the European style which influenced to Thailand in the reign of King Narai.

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