Sukhothai is a historical park that covers an area of around 70sqkm. Sukhothai is recognized for having more than 190 historical ruins. Strolling through the grounds of the Sukhothai lets one see at least three architectural styles.
What to do and see at Sukhothai
Down below are cool places that anyone can visit at Sukhothai and some interesting activities that make Sukhothai memorable;
Study about Khmer Architecture at Wat Si Sawai
Sukhothai has one of the oldest temples in the world, Wat Si Sawai. The temple was built when the area was part of the Khmer Empire. For that reason, its architectural style is similar to the gorgeous Cambodian temple complex. Both of them have carved prang, tower-like spires. Wat Si Sawai was originally Hindu before it changed to Buddhism in the fourteenth century.
Seeing the Stupas and Temples at the Archeological Site
The archeological site on the west side of Sukhothai city is attractive. It has temples and remains of the artifacts of the old capital. This is the area where over 200 temples and stupas were dug and reassembled. The majority of the remains are in a central complex that is surrounded by moat and earth walls. But some temples are spread across the historical park.
Visit Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat is one of the most memorable sights at Sukhothai. The structure built for housing the relics of Buddha is visited by many visitors. Wat Mahathat once stood next to the royal palace. Unfortunately, the palace does not exist as it was built in wood that wore out.
See the Elephants at Wat Sorasak
Wat Sorasak has a bell-shaped chedi that carved elephants surround. The elephants symbolize power and protection for the Thai kings; therefore, they are used as a decorative feature of Wat Sorasak.
Sukhothai was Thailand’s First Capital
Sukhothai was the first capital city of Thailand, and it’s the original home of Thailand culture. Sukhothai became the capital of the Siam kingdom when it gained independence from the Khmer empire in the thirteenth century. At the time of Siam’s independence, Sukhothai was best known for its outstanding literature, architecture and art development.
Thailand is an amazing country. My sister and I were there several years ago for 2 weeks. There is so much beauty and history. I would go there again in a heartbeat.
Just a comment that I was intrigued but frustrated that I had no idea what country the city was in until way down in the article.