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Sukhothai Historical Park – UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Wat Sa Si

Wat Sa Si

Sukhothai Historical Park is one of the treasures of Thailand.  Sukhothai was founded in 1238 AD as an early Thai kingdom.  Prior to this date, this site was part of the Khymer kingdom. Sukhothai existed as a kingdom until 1438. In the late 1300s, Sukhothai became a vassal state of the kingdom of Ayutthaya and by 1430 its capitol was moved to Phitsanulok, which is located about 60 km north of Sukhothai.  By 1438, Sukhothai’s status was reduced to a minor role in the kingdom of Ayutthaya.

The current park is remarkably well-preserved with numerous Buddhas figures scattered throughout the park.  As the park is flat and relatively compact, it is recommended that a visitor consider renting a bicycle at the rental shops located just north of the park.

As you can see from the photos, the ruins are easily accessible and worthy of a closeup look at statutes and other relics that have been restored to their previous glory.  It is breathtaking to spend some time quietly studying the artifacts and pondering what life must have been in Sukhothai 700 hundred years ago.

Sukhothai is located 427 km from Bangkok.  There are daily flights from Bangkok to Phitsanulok which is located 60 km north of Sukhothai.  Phitsanulok is also of historical interest and I would recommend spending one day there before hitting the road the next day for the short drive to Sukhothai.  Check out my recent posting on Phitsanulok for more information.

Buddha at Wat Sa Si

Buddha at Wat Sa Si

Buddha at Wat Mahathat

Buddha at Wat Mahathat

Buddha at Wat Mahathat

Buddha at Wat Mahathat

Buddha with standing Buddha in background at Wat Mahathat

Buddha with standing Buddha in background at Wat Mahathat

427km

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Written by leolaksi

December 18, 2008 at 8:48 am

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