Sukhothai Historical Park Thailand — UNESCO Site with ancient Buddhas

After my escape from the craziness of Songkran in Chiang Mai, I made it to the relaxed and ancient old town of Sukhothai in central Thailand. Sukhothai Historical Park was by far one of my highlights of my Thailand Itinerary — Sukhothai, Sukhothai, so beautiful I could cry!

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Chiang Mai to Sukhothai

Sukhothai Historical Park — The Old Pottery House

The Old Pottery House was so homely and a wonderful experience where I felt that I was treated like one of the family. There are children there who are really cute and a lovely dog called Brownie. If you are looking or somewhere to stay in Sukhothai I really recommend the Old Pottery House. It was 750 baht per night which worked out at around £16 per night for private double — very cheap.

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Introduction to Sukhothai Historical Park

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Getting Around Sukhothai Historical Park

Plan how you will travel around the park and purchase your ticket as you enter at the West Gate (ticket office is number 4 on the map). You can then work your way around the main temples — Wat Tra Phang Ngoen (20), Wat Si Sawai (16), Wat Mahathat (12), Wat Tra Phang Thong (22), Wat Sa Si (15) and Wat Sorasak (18).The map below is featured on ThailandSawadee.com and the full map and key can be found here.

Now, some of you may have read about the time I sprained my ankle at Wat Doi Suthep during Songkran, and I wasn’t up to much cycling! No cars are allowed in Sukhothai Historical Park itself, so I hired a guy to drive me around in this fabulous little yellow electric scooter! I felt a little silly as everyone else went in on their bikes, but after half an hour we were covering loads of ground without being knackered, and cyclists started to come up to me and ask where I got the scooter and how much! 😉

The Best Temples of Sukhothai Historical Park

Wat Mahatat

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Wat Mahatat is the most splendid and impressive Wat with a stunning mountainous backdrop. It was near the ancient palace and when fully constructed had 185 chedis and four wiharns (prayer halls). The tip peaks as a lotus bud, representing enlightenment.

Wat Si Sawai

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Wat Tra Phang Ngoen

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Wat Sa Si

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Wat Sa Si dates to around 14th Century and has a Singhalese bell style chedi with a stone seated Buddha in front. The base and pillars of the bihari (prayer hall) remain.

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Buddhas have their hands in different mudras or hand positions, which all have different meanings. The mudra of the stone seated Buddha is the Bhumisparsha mudra, also known as “calling the Earth to witness”. There is also a standing Buddha at Wat Sa Si on a circular pedestal, in the Vitarka mudra, the gesture of teaching. The Buddha’s here in the Vitarka Mudra at Sukhothai Historical Park are some of the most famous in Thailand.

Wat Phra Phai Luang

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Wat Si Chum

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Inside the roofless Mondop you will find the Phra Achana Buddha image (he is not frightened or ‘speaking Buddha’. This stone Buddha is 15m high and 15m wide. The hands are once again in the Bhumisparsha mudra (like at Wat Sa Si) and the right hand is coated in gold leaf.

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Wat Sorasak

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How long should I spend in Sukhothai?

Outlier Temples of Sukhothai Historical Park

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I also recommend seeing Wat Chetuphon in the South and Wat Chide Sung.

If you are spending time templeseekingblue in Thailand, don’t miss Wat Doi Suthep (Chiang Mai) and the Blue Temple (Chiang Rai).

Originally published at www.templeseeker.com on June 29, 2018.

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Hi I’m Amy — travel blogger, dog lover, digital marketer. I write mainly about Europe, Middle East and Southeast Asia. Getting into drones!

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