Sukhothai Historical Park Travel Guide
- The 13th C fortified city of Sukhothai is a World Heritage Site as nominated by UNESCO. This together with the adjoining ancient wiang cities of Si Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet are major tourist attractions in Thailand.
- Today what remains of these three cities are the remains of city moats and walls, ruins [ monuments ] in brick and laterite of palaces and monasteries, lakes and waterways and military ramparts.
- Sukhothai Historical Park covers 70 square Kilometers with 193 ruins.
- The major Sukhothai monuments are detailed in the sub links. Thailandsworld. com has allocated them according to their location as being, within the walled City moat, North of Sukhothai city walls, South of the walls, East of the walls and West of the city walls.
Wat Mahathat Seated Buddha Statue
Inside The Walled City Of SukhothaiThe ancient Sukhothai City walls consist of three concentric earthen banks, the in between spaces from which the earth was dug were originally moats. The eastern and western walls are 1,400 meters long and the southern and northern walls are 1,810 meters long. Each of the four walls has a gateway. These are made of laterite. The moats were supplied with water from the nearby Mae Ramphan Canal. Inside the walls are the ruins of 21 different monasteries or other buildings and 4 reservoirs. The art and architecture styles reflect the original Khmer, Mon, Sinhalese and finally Tai influences.
Inside the city walls the major Sukhothai monuments are:
- Wat Mahathat [ pictured above ]
- Wat Traphang Ngon
- Wat Si Sawai
- Wat Traphang Thong [ pictured top left ]
- Wat Sorasak