A Photo Tour – Ruins of Sukhothai
A Photo Tour of Sukhothai
Our day exploring the temples of Sukhothai got off to a rather late start as we (slash I) slept through our alarm. Immediately panic set in as I thought, “Oh my god, we won’t have time to see if all now!”. Of course, I was thinking that the historical park would be somewhat similar to the ruins of Angkor. It wasn’t until noon, that we finally puttered into the park on our moto taxi and rented our bicycles for the day. Don’t worry friends, as I quickly found out the park isn’t that big and we were able to see everything we needed to before sunset at 6.
The ruins, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, were built in the 13th and 14th centuries and was once the most important city in Thailand. The ruins are located in three main areas which are really not as massive of a site as I was expecting having done Angkor before. We found renting a motorcycle or tuk tuk would have been a waste as it was quite easy to get around the park quickly. The ruins were largely restored in the 1950’s and 60’s but a few haven’t been touched at all.
We had already explored many different ruins Asia, including of course, the expansive Khmer ruins of Angkor before coming to Sukhothai so we weren’t necessarily awestruck upon first glance but that changed when we began to learn about the history and significance of this site to the Thai people. Sukothai was the first city to be established in Thailand and because of that, has immense cultural and historical importance to present day Thailand.
Our favourite temples were the Wat Mahthat, where massive Buddhas loom all over the site, and Wat Si Sawai, a traditional Hindu temple built to resemble mythically Mt. Meru, which was also the inspiration behind Angkor Wat.
The following are some of our favourite photos from the ruins of Sukhothai:
Wat Si Sawai
Wat Phra Phai Luang
Wat Si Chum
Wat Chona Songkhram
Beautiful end to the day…
Ross and Alyse