Sukhothai Things to Do

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    Si Chum temple

    by pattayaraj Updated Jun 15, 2006

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    Located on the North of ancient city. Originally , surrounded with moat as can see in almost Sukhothai temples . The square building called “ Mondop “ as the main building. Inside housed a huge buddha image in the attitude of subduing Mara. This Buddha image named “ Phra Ajna” which found in the 1st Sukhothai inscription. In the Mondop wall ,there‘s a passageway inside and it lead to the above .On the ceiling wall of passageway found the engraved slate slabs depicted some scences from Jatakas. Nowaday, the passageway closed.Other buildings are Viharns where just left as ruins.
    Admission fee: 30 THB.

    Buddha image Buddha image Mondop vihan Popular shot at this temple
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    Splendid airport

    by Mahieu Written Nov 21, 2003

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    Yes indeed, if you come to Sukhothai by plane, you will be very surprised to discover the airport! I had the feeling that I was in the middle of a park! It is really fantastic how they integrated the airport in the rest of the environment.
    Bangkok Airways flies daily to Sukhothai. The flight takes about 1h10.

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    Mahathat temple

    by pattayaraj Updated Jun 19, 2006

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    This temple is the most important temple in Sukhothai city where located in the city center.This temple was built in King Sri Intratit.From the 1st incription of Sukhothai described about the center of Sukhothai city located the temple where housed the golden Buddha image,standing Buddha image and huge Buddha image.That golden Buddha image is "Phra Sri Sakya Munee",now housed in Suthat temple,Bangkok. Inside this temple are a group of Chedis or stupas for 200 stupas, Viharas as a place for preaching ,Mandops ,Ubosot as ordination hall and ponds. The principal building is the lotus bud chedi in Sukhothai style.This style counted as the symbol of Sukhothai Kingdom.It housed the great relic.On the same base contains 8 chedis at the sides and corners.The base of this group of chedis decorated with stucco depicted the monk images in walking position to the same direction. In front of the main group of chedis is a huge Vihara where used to housed "Phra Sri Sakya Munee". Also ,on the North and South, there are Mondops houses standing buddha images called "Phra Attharot".
    I have been there for many times ,this temple is always wonderful and attractive and I still not discovered all buildings. Absolutely sure, I will be there again.

    Lotus bud chedi viharn Mondop temple area temple
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    Si Sawai temple

    by pattayaraj Updated Jun 19, 2006

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    Situated on the Southwest of Wat Mahathat . A small temple surrounded by a laterite wall and pond called Sra Loi Baab.Inside the temple,located the Vihara on the West and a group of three Prangs as the main buildings which constructed with Khmer influence. In this temple found a lintel depicted Vishnu declining on Naga in Milk Sea and some parts of Hindu god statues or even Siva Linga. And the style of Prang is in Bayon style of Ancient Khmer in 18 Buddhist centuries.It was built in the same period as Ta Pha Dang Shrine.This temple used to be a Hindu shrine but later in Sukhothai period,it was converted into a Buddhist temple as can see Sukhothai Vihara at front.

    Si Sawai temple temple The main Prang stucco stucco
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    Sukhothai Historical Park

    by Mahieu Written Nov 21, 2003

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    This is the main reason why tourists visit Sukhothai. The park has been designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site. The historical park houses ruins of royal palaces, Buddhist temples, city gates, ...
    This picture is a part of the Wat Mahathat, the most famous temple ruin of the site.

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    Historical Park part II

    by Mahieu Written Nov 21, 2003

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    The park is situated in Old Sukhothai, about 12 km from the new part of town. Tuktuks are willing to drive you to the site for 100 Baht.
    Inside the park, you can hire a bicycle to explore the park or you can take a ride along the ruins with a tramway. Of course, another option is exploring on foot.
    It's better to go in the early morning, this way you benefit from an excellent sunlight for pictures.

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    Market in New Sukhothai

    by Mahieu Updated Nov 21, 2003

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    New Sukhothai looks like a small village. The main event is the daily fruit and vegetable market. We were about the only tourists to stroll along the delicious food.
    Except from the market, there are lots of inhabitants that own a small shop where you can buy something to eat or drink.

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    Private museum

    by thedouglas Written Apr 28, 2006

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    Quite by accident, we found this lovely little private museum, which was located inside the old city walls - signs were around Wat Si Sawai - and we just followed them - located in a residential area. The delightful lady who runs this with her daughters and their children, was very welcoming, extremely proud of her family museum, and took much time to lovingly show us all of the treasures she had - explained very well - and made sure we did not miss a thing!

    Lots of examples of old Sukhothai pottery, Buddhist artefacts from the area, and a well restored traditional style Sukhothai house.

    There was no charge for entry to this museum - but a donation box at the front. She gave us a bottle of water! I actually returned the next day, to buy some additional things from your giftshop, which was about half the price of the gitfshops back near Wat Mahathat!

    Very highly recommended!

    Traditional house Sukhothai pottery The proud hostess!
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    Wat Mahathat

    by thedouglas Written Apr 28, 2006

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    This temple is the largest, and at the centre of Muang Sukhothai - making it a perfect starting point - you can radiate to the various walls and temples from here. It is surrounded by 200metre walls and moats - and there are plenty of Buddha images to enjoy. The main feature is Phra Chedi Mahathat, which is a large stupa enshrining the Buddha's relics. There are plenty of preserved or renovated motifs in the Sukhothai style - a good place to start after visiting the museum.

    There is also usually a density of peddlers here - who, like us, move around on motorcycle, selling their wares.

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    Wat Si Chum

    by call_me_rhia Updated Jun 19, 2004

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    The most stunning temple, in my opinion, is the Wat Si Chum. I was impressed by the huge white buddha statue: it's 11.30 metres high, but you'll only be aware of its size once you position yourself by one of its hands. It's placed inside a square mondop 15 metres high - and it feels like entering a tunnel

    Wat Si Chum

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    Wat Sri Sawai

    by call_me_rhia Written Jun 19, 2004

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    Another temple complex not far from Wat Mahaht is Wat Sri Sawai. Once you get there, it looks like a world apart from the other wats you'll have seen, and in some ways you are right. The style is different - as most of the buildings are in Kmer style but... why does something else still looks quite out of place? it's one of the temples... it looks like a Hindu temple - and in fact it is. Don't be surprised, then, if you don't find buddha images here.

    Wat Sri Sawai

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    Wat Mahahat

    by call_me_rhia Written Jun 19, 2004

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    The best place to start your Sukhothai visit is Wat Mahahat: it's the largest temple compound within the park - and what you can find here is a large concentration of typical Sukhothai art to wet your appetite and make you long to see more. There's a grand pagoda and several smaller pagodas (209 in fact), 10 viharas, eight mondops (roofed structure), one ubosot and four reflection ponds. Definitely a crash-course on ancient thai cities

    a buddha statue at wat mahahat

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    Sukhothai Historic park

    by easterntrekker Written Jun 15, 2006

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    This is amazing and it would be a shame to visit Thhialand and not have it on your itinery!!
    The park is huge!!. We rented bikes ( across the street ...don't forget water). It is pretty easy if you have your guidebook to make your way around the park and see the sites.
    Here are a few major sites not to be missed!!!
    Wat Mahathat-
    This is huge. It is a compound surrounded by 200 chedis ( ashes of noblemen) and towering above it all is huge chedi , erected in 1345 ,that can't be missed.
    You can easily run out of digital space at this stop!!

    Wat Sra Sri- a serene temple set on two connected islands. Don't miss the walking Budda
    Royal Palace- A just monarchy of times gone by- much for us to learn

    Wat Mahathat Renting Bikes Sukhothai Historic Park More Ruins Royal palace
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    Royal Palace

    by easterntrekker Written Oct 2, 2006

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    The Royal Palace is in the centre of old Sukothai. This is a large site covering around 160,000 square meters containing two main compounds and completely surrounded by a water moat.

    The sites are so large we were happy we decided to bike around . It is really the best way.

    Details: Sukhothai Historical Park is open daily from 08.30 to 16.30. The Royal Palace / Wat Mahathat are in the central zone and admission is 40 Baht.

    Royal Palace Royal palace still visible Well preserved site
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    Wat Phra Phai Luang - The best

    by easterntrekker Written Oct 2, 2006

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    This is amazing . It compared to the best I've seen in the world . I was truly awe struck. It is so beautiful and huge!!

    This is the best place to start your tour and it's the first Wat you'll see when you enter the park. We noticed the Buddha Images and Monk-images, are in walking position. this is typical of the Sukhotthai era.

    There's alot to take in . There are 200 chedis in the compound and towering above a much revered and photographed Lotus - bud chedi.

    30 Bht open 8:30 to 4:30

    Wat Mahatthat So much to see
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