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Overview of Sukhothai

Sukhothai is the most striking of Thailand’s various spectacular ruined cities. It is widely regarded as Thailand’s first capital city and was the centre of trhe Sukhothai kingdom, founded in 1238 following King Intharathit’s assertion of independence from the Khmer empire.

At one time Sukhothai included most of modern Thailand and parts of the Malay peninsula and Myanmar, and is synonymous with some of the finest artistic endeavours in the history of Thailand.

The ruins of old Sukhothai lie 13km (8 miles) west of the new town, inside Sukhothai Historical Park. It can be reached easily bysongthaew from the new town, although there is a good choice of accommodation near the park.

Within the walls of the Old City are the magnificent remains of 21 temples and monuments.  The ruins are divided into five zones – north, south, east, west and central – with the most important sites found within the Old City walls of the central zone.

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Wat Sa Si

Wat Sa Si

Located west of the King Ramkhamhaeng monument and situated on two connected islands surrounded by an ancient reservoir, this wat is simple yet beautiful.Apart from the large Sri Lankan-style mounded chedi and walking Buddha in Sukhothai style, there's not a whole ...

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Wat Traphang Ngoen

Wat Traphang Ngoen

This smaller site due west of Wat Mahathat is particularly photogenic at sunrise with the hills in the background that supposedly resemble a reclining Buddha.Although there's not a whole lot to see, a well preserved Buddha image is found at the back of what would ...

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Wat Si Sawai

Wat Si Sawai

A short walk southwest of Wat Mahathat, Wat Si Sawai was originally built by the Khmers as a shrine to Vishnu, Siva and other Hindu gods. Architecturally it resembles other regional Khmer monuments such as those at Phimai in northeast Thailand and Angkor in Cambodia.During ...

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Wat Mahathat

Wat Mahathat

Wat Mahathat was once the centre of the Sukhothai kingdom and remains the largest and arguably most impressive ruin within the park.The complex was once walled in and surrounded by a moat, and the rambling enclosure contains almost 200 chedis, the tallest of which ...

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Ramkhamhaeng National Museum

Ramkhamhaeng National Museum

Opened in 1964, this museum contains a collection of artefacts, including ceramics, day to day items, ancient inscriptions and some of the more elaborate and well preserved stone carvings from the sites of Sukhothai.It's a good place to begin or end your tour of ...

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Sukhothai Historic Park

Sukhothai Historic Park

The cradle of Thai civilization during the 13th and 14th centuries, the UNESCO world heritage-listed Sukhothai is Thailand's best historical park, at least in our humble opinion.From imposing chedis and shrines, to stunning Buddha images and ancient art, to tranquil ...

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