SUKHOTHAI

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SUKHOTHAI: Points of interest ↯

Wat Saphan Hin – Sukhothai Historical Park

Wat Saphan Hin - Sukhothai Historical Park - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Wat Saphan Hin is located in the West zone of the Sukhothai Historical Park. The West zone has less to offer regarding impressive temples than the other zones, especially because the West zone is mainly an area of forests and hills. However, Wat Saphan Hin is definitely recommended to visit. The temple is named for its access, “temple of the stone bridge”, which is a steep 200 meter long pathway of stone slabs. At the top of the hill a 12-meter high, standing Buddha can be found. From this top a stunning view is also ensured. About halfway to the top is a small lotus bud chedi in typical Sukhothai style located. read more

Wat Chang Lom – Sukhothai Historical Park

Wat Chang Lom - Sukhothai Historical Park - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Wat Chang Lom is located in the East zone of the Sukhothai Historical Park, about 200 meters east of the Eastern gate. The temple is situated on the bank of the Mae Lamphan River, just behind the Legendha Sukhothai Resort. This temple is not as popular as the ones mentioned before in the blogs (…), which makes it even more interesting to visit this one. read more

Wat Chetuphon – Sukhothai Historical Park

Wat Chetuphon - Sukhothai Historical Park - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Wat Chetuphon is located in the South zone of the Sukhothai Historical Park and it is the largest temple in this zone. The exact founding date of the temple is not known because the stone inscriptions found at the temple do not mention about this. However, it is mentioned in the stone inscriptions that the temple would become the home of a Bhudda image which was constructed in 1514. It is believed that the Wat Chetuphon was an important temple in the period of the Sukhothai Kingdom. read more

Wat Si Chum – Sukhothai Historical Park

Wat Si Chum - Sukhothai Historical Park - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Unlike the Wat Mahathat, Wat Sa Si and the Wat Si Sawai, the Wat Si Chum is located in the north zone of the Sukhothai Historical Park, outside the old city walls. The meaning of its name is the “temple of the Bodhi tree”, Bodhi trees can be found around many temples in Thailand due to the story that the Buddha meditated under a Bodhi tree when reaching enlightenment. The ancient inscriptions that can be found in the temple proves the time of founding of this temple, which was in the 13th century, and about the Sukhothai Kingdom in general. read more

Wat Si Sawai – Sukhothai Historical Park

Wat Si Sawai - Sukhothai Historical Park - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Like the Wat Sa Si also the Wat Si Sawai is located in the central zone of the Sukhothai Historical Park, only a few hundred meters South West of Wat Mahathat. This temple is one of the oldest temples you can find in Sukhothai because it is believed that this temple was founded somewhere in between the end of the 12th century and the beginning of the 13th century, even before the Sukhothai Kingdom  was founded. read more

Wat Sa Si – Sukhothai Historical Park

Wat Sa Si - Sukhothai Historical Park - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Wat Sa Si is located in the central zone of the Sukhothai Historical Park, only a few hundred meters North West of Wat Mahathat. Wat Sa Si is located on a small island in the middle of the Tra Phang Tra Kuan pond, which is filled with lotus flowers. Wat Sa Si is accessible by a bridge. Its location makes the Wat Sa Si one of the most attractive monuments you can find in the Sukhothai Historical Park. Due to the evaluation of one of the stone inscriptions it is said that the Wat Sa SI was founded in the end of the 14th century. read more

Wat Mahathat – Sukhothai Historical Park

Wat Mahathat - Sukhothai Historical Park - UNESCO World Heritage Site - Sukhothai

Wat Mahathat is one of the oldest temples in Thailand and definitely the most impressive temple in the Sukhothai Historical Park. Founded in the 13th century by the first king of the Sukhothai Kingdom, Sri Indraditya, it was a small temple in the beginning, by later kings the temple was enlarged and renovated several times. The translation of Wat Mahathat is the ‘temple of the great relic’. Due to the evaluation of the inscriptions it is said that the exact date of founding was somewhere between 1292 and 1347. read more

Loy Krathong Festival 2016

Loy Krathong Festival

The Loy Krathong Festival is celebrated nationwide and is one of the most picturesque festivals in Thailand.The festival is held on the 12th full moon of the year, which usually falls in November. The exact date of Loy Krathong is determined by the Thai lunar calendar, the date is different each year. This year it will be celebrated on the 15th of November, however it differs slightly from location to location, some locations celebrate it for example from the 14th till the 16th of November. At the end of the rainy season, the full-moon will light up the sky and thousands of lighted candles will be carried, located in houses and temples, flying in the sky and floating on the rivers to ensure truly magical scenes. read more