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See Video highlights of Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai at bottom of page.



Images of Sukhothai, Thailand

Recognized as the first Thai kingdom, the city gained prominence and its independence in 1238. Nine kings rules over an expanding area. The city was annexed in 1376 by the rulers of Ayuthaya.

The most famous king of the Sukhothai are was King Ramkhamhaeng, under which rule the Thai alphabet was developed, and the city's influence extended beyond its borders.

The main and most expansive temple compound is Wat Mahathat. Wat Si Sawai, Wat Sa Si, Wat Phra Phai Luang and Wat Si Chum (the latter two not featured here) are also not to be missed. You should also visit the sister city of Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai, less than 100 kilometers away from Sukhothai itself.

Sukhothai is located about 450 kilometers from Bangkok, about halfway betwen Bangkok and Chiangmai. It would take about 6-7 hours by bus to reach, but daily flights are available.

For more on ceramic antiques, contemporary with the Sukhothai area, visit www.thaiantiques.info . For many more images and explantions, visit :
sukhothai.thaiwebsites.com


Buddha Image, Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai
Buddha Image at Wat Mahathat,
Sukhothai Historical Park

Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai
Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai - Main Temple Complex
  Close-up of Buddha Image, Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai
Buddha Image, Detail, Wat Mahathat
Standing Large Buddha, Wat Mahathat
Two Phra Attharot (Large Buddha Images),
are enshrined in a mandapa on both sides
of the principle chedi at Wat Mahathat
  Walking Monks, Main Chedi, Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Historical Park
Pilgrims and monks in relief walkingin procession clockwise
around the main Chedi at Wat Mahathat
Buddha Image, Subduing Mara Posture, Sukhothai Historical Park
Buddha Image, Wat Mahathat -
Calling the Earth to Witness
  Overview Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Historical Park
Overview of Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai
Sweeping leafs at Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai
Keeping Sukhothai Historical Park clean
  Prang at Wat Si Sawai, Sukhothai Historical Park
Central Prang at Wat Sri Sawai, Sukhothai
Three prangs of Wat Sri Sawai, Sukhothai Historical Park
Wat Sri Sawai, a Hindu shrine later changed to a Buddhist temple.
The architecture is Khmer-style, featuring three impressive
Lopburi-style prangs.
  Wat Sri Sawai, Sukhothai Historical Park
The three Prangs of Wat Sri Sawai
Wat Sa Si, Sukhothai Historical Park, Walking Buddha
The graceful Walking Buddha at Wat Sa Si, Sukhothai
   


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Content, including images, by Guido Vanhaleweyk, Bangkok.