This museum exhibit the ancient and art obejects which found in Kampaeng Phet area. The exhibition covered 2 floors,the displays 're about Pre-historic time to present time in Kampaeng Phet through objects ,pictures and other evidences. The most significant object is bronze statue of Siva god which found in Sarn Phra Isavara inside Kampaeng Phet city wall.Other interesting stuffs 're some bronze statue both in Hinduism and Buddhism,the fragments of terracotta and stucco and votive tablets.
Open : 9.00 AM - 4 PM /Wed - Sun
Admission fee : 30 Baht
Nakorn Chum ancient city located on West bank of Ping river opposite Kampaeng Phet city. The old city have a square shape with 3 moats as Sukhothai city. Nowaday, almost of moats was destroyed for residences,road and cultivation. At the center of city located Phra Borom Thaat temple where located the big Burmese style Chedi. This temple assumed to be built in King Maha Dhammaraja Lithai who reigned Sukhothai. He came to this site and built the chedi which was Lotus Bud style. Later, in the reign of King Rama V, the Burmese wood merchant named Phya Taka came to reconstructed to new shape in Burmese style as we can see at present.
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
This temple located close to Phra Keow temple.The principal building of this temple is rounded shape Chedi with octagonal bases.From the style of chedis and temple plan,it assumed to be built in Ayutthaya period after Phra Keow temple. Apart from chedis,there 're the viharn in fron of the main chedi.
This temple located in the Forest temple area.There're multi corners chedi as principal building and 2 big viharns in the same row. There're also other chedis on the base pararelled with front viharn.Behide the temple area is the monk residence where found the base of monk residences and monk toilets. On the East side of temple,there's a laterite pond called "Bor Samsaen" in square plan.
This temple located in the Forest temple area.Some interesting builings 're the viharn where used to housed the Reclining Buddha image,now it just left the base.This viharn have big columns built from laterite.It 's the biggest and tallest column in Kampaeng Petch and Sukhothai.Apart from viharn,there 're Ubosot,well,hall and at the back side of temple,located the round shape chedi with octagonal base.
The Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park located on the East bank of the Ping river and about 3.4 square kms.There ‘re about 60 historic monuments in the park separated to 2 parts; the ancient city area and Forest temple area called "Aranyik".In the city part,there 're Phra Thaat temple,Phra Keow temple,Sra Mon pond and National Museum. The Forest temple area located outside the city moat,there 're Phra Non temple,Phra Si Iriyabot temple,Singh temple,Chang Rob temple and Avas Yai temple.Almost temples was built from laterite which is the local material.Some temples have a pond from digging the laterite to build the temple.
Open daily from 8.00-17.00hrs.
Admission fee : 40 Baht. For car : 50 baht per car
One famous temple in Kampaengpetch Historical Park. This temple have the principal chedi with elephant statues decorated at the base for 68 fully accessories elephants.This style developed from Sukhothai style. There 're 4 stairways and gate at 4 directions of the base.Over the elephants base is the terrace where can walk around to pay homage to the relic in chedi.The chedi body 's round shape but it was detroyed. However,at the base of body decorated with stucco depicted about Buddha's life and Hamsa or swan around. This chedi with elephants surrounded is the biggest one in Sukhothai Kingdom.In front of the chedi,there 's viharn where just left the base.
Located in the center of town and close to the former royal palace.This temple used to housed the Emerald Buddha image (the one which housed in Phra Kaew temple in BKK).From the Northern chronicle,described about this temple used to housed "Phra Buddha Sihing Buddha image". The important buildings include the main Chedi in Lankan style which the base decorated with 32 elephant sculptures.Another Chedi decorated on the base with 32 lion sculptures. Also there’re the remain of Vihara where have 3 big Buddha images ; one is the Reclining Buddha image and 2 're sitting Buddha image in Suduing Mara position.This vihara used to decorated with stucco depicted about Ramayana at the base,but it was destroyed.This temple assumed to be the royal temple from the size and location.
This museum established for ceremony the King on 50th reign.The museum building was built in Central Thai traditinal house style by teak wood. The exhibition seperated to 3 parts : 1-The Kampaeng Phet city history ,2- Heritage of the land and 3- Etchnology & tribes in Kampaeng Phet.Apart from exhibition,you can enjoy a greenery landscape which full of tropical plants.The musuem open daily from 9.00-16.30hrs.
This temple located outside city in Forest temple area.It was built in Sukhothai period.The most attractive is the main building in square plan called Mondop,it's now ruins. Inside the Mondop housed Buddha images of 4 different gestures ; walking,forgiving,reclining and overcoming the demons gestures faced to the East, West, North and South. Apart from Mondop,there're Ubosot,hall,well and restroom.All buildings was built from laterite and covered with plaster.
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.
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.
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.
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).