Sukhothai - the cradle of Thai civilization and Buddhism

Finally it happened! We were able to spend two days among a large number of ancient temples with their no less ancient energy. It so happened that we like old and dilapidated temples much more than new and glamorous gilded. It is especially pleasant that there are dozens of them in the historical park of Sukhothai, which means that the entire tourist flow is evenly distributed, and it does not even reach some that are remotely located. And just such temples have to get together in peace and quiet, talking about life and meditation.

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About Sukhothai

Detailed information to visit and maps of Sukhothai can be seen here: Sukhothai Historical Park - how to get, where to stay

Sukhothai - the former capital of the powerful and powerfulThe Thai kingdom, which existed for about 120 years, and this is where the Thai civilization originated - the alphabet was introduced, Ceylon Buddhism spread, a school of sculpture was created. On the territory of Sukhothai, there are about 200 architectural objects, the construction of which began in the 13th century.

We did not think about it at first, but thenunderstood, because this is the real place of power. Some temples are 700 years old, and people throughout the centuries came and lined these stone structures. Therefore, it makes sense to go to Sukhothai not in order to run around all the temples within the 3 hours allotted for the excursion, but in order to take some time off from worldly vanity.

I will not describe all the temples we visited, but I will tell only about some of the most memorable ones we spent some time in.

Sukhothai Historical Park is divided into three parts- central, northern and western, and is located 15 km from the modern city of Sukhothai. Entry is 100 baht each (there is no single ticket). There is also the southern part, but it is free and the most destroyed.

Central part of the historical park Sukhothai

The central part is the most popular, andis a good park area with ponds, perfect for walking or reading books in the shade of tall trees. This is where all the excursions come, so there are more people here. The central part is surrounded by an earth mound and moats with water.

Central part of the park Sukhothai

Central part of the park Sukhothai

Central part of the park Sukhothai

Central part of the park Sukhothai

Wat Sa Si with sedentary Buddha

Wat Sa Si with sedentary Buddha

Channels around the square of the Sukhothai Historical Park

Channels around the square of the Sukhothai Historical Park

The most interesting temple in the central partSukhothai Historical Park - Wat Mahathat, a former temple attached to the king’s palace. Honestly, the temple does not turn its name to language, because there is a whole architectural complex with dozens of buildings (towers, stupas, burial mounds) and two standing Buddhas and one sitting, three in one, so to speak.

Wat Mahathat - the largest temple in Sukhothai

Wat Mahathat - the largest temple in Sukhothai

Wat Mahathat to Sukhothai

Wat Mahathat to Sukhothai

Wat mahathat

Wat mahathat

Wat Mahathat to Sukhothai

Wat Mahathat to Sukhothai

Wat Mahathat to Sukhothai

Wat Mahathat to Sukhothai

Wat Mahathat at sunset

Wat Mahathat at sunset

Khemer temple of Wat Si Sawai in the south centralthe parts are distinguished by their three corn-turrets, chosen by pigeons, as a result of which, the land next to them resembles a bird cage floor that was not cleaned for several months.

Wat Si Sawai in Sukhothai

Wat Si Sawai in Sukhothai

Inside the cup - we look up

Inside the cup - we look up

Pigeons dirtied the whole Wat Si Sawai

Pigeons dirtied the whole Wat Si Sawai

North part of Sukhothai Historical Park

Wat Si Chum - because of him we came toSukhothai Here is the famous sitting statue of Buddha, showing a gesture of his gilded hand - go and you are the demon Mara, do not seduce me, the earth is a witness to me (otherwise the pose is called “pacifying the passions”).

Here we sat for a couple of hours, a very nice place. But, unfortunately, heavily visited, the flow of tourists did not stop for a minute.

Wat si chum

Wat si chum

Wat Si Chum - Big Seated Buddha

Wat Si Chum - Big Seated Buddha

Wat Si Chum - Big Seated Buddha

Wat Si Chum - Big Seated Buddha

Wat Si Chum - Big Seated Buddha

Wat Si Chum - Big Seated Buddha

Wat Phra Phai Luang next to Wat Si Chum

Wat Phra Phai Luang next to Wat Si Chum

Wat phra phai luang

Wat phra phai luang

Here you can consider the structure of the stone Buddha from the inside, in the section, apparently did not have time to restore, or decided to leave as is.

Wat Phra Phai Luang - the filling of the Buddha

Wat Phra Phai Luang - the filling of the Buddha

Wat Phra Phai Luang at Sukhothai

Wat Phra Phai Luang at Sukhothai

Western part of Sukhothai Historical Park

There are several temples in a row here, andeach of them is on a hill, to which stone stairs lead. The most interesting is Wat Saphan Hin, which means Temple Stone Bridge. And indeed, the ladder, as the bridge goes into the sky.

The sensations above are breathtaking - the wind blows, liftingheaps of leaves and waving hair, overlooking the valley where the park of Sukhothai is located, around the mountain, and next to it stands a huge Buddha with a raised hand. This gesture means “elephant stand, calm your passion,” so he stopped the insane elephant sent to him.

There are few people here, so it's time to think, enjoy nature and join the antiquities of Thailand.

Western part of Sukhothai

Western part of Sukhothai

Wat Saphan Hin on the mountain

Wat Saphan Hin on the mountain

Stone path leads to Wat Saphan Hin

Stone path leads to Wat Saphan Hin

Wat Saphan Hin at Sukhothai

Wat Saphan Hin at Sukhothai

Wat Saphan Hin - backups so that the Buddha does not fall

Wat Saphan Hin - backups so that the Buddha does not fall

Wat Saphan Hin - mountain views

Wat Saphan Hin - mountain views

Wat saphan hin

Wat saphan hin

Towards the wind

Towards the wind

Wat Chedi Ngam next to Wat Saphan Hin

Wat Chedi Ngam next to Wat Saphan Hin

Path to Wat Chedi Ngam

Path to Wat Chedi Ngam

South of the Sukhothai Historical Park

This part is good there, that there are even fewer people here than in the west. Here we were also stuck for several hours in the shade, kindly provided by the temple. Quiet, calm, good.

Wat Chetuphon in the southern part of Sukhothai

Wat Chetuphon in the southern part of Sukhothai

And how it does not fall over the years?

And how it does not fall over the years?

The modern city of Sukhothai

In the last century it burned down and was rebuilt. Visually, the most common Thai city. Watch in it is absolutely nothing. Somewhat alienated by the fact that poverty for some reason will be more. At least near our guesthouse there were slums that I had never seen before. Whether this area was so, or whether the welfare of ordinary people in this city is not very good.

Sukhothai City - Slums

Sukhothai City - Slums

Sukhothai City - Slums

Sukhothai City - Slums

Sukhothai City - Slums

Sukhothai City - Slums

Sukhothai City

Sukhothai City

Sukhothai is quite ordinary

Sukhothai is quite ordinary

Tuk-tuki here inverted

Tuk-tuki here inverted

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