Outside the Citywalls : West, Sukhothai

The Buddha inmage of Wat Saphan Hin
  • Wat Saphan Hin
    This situated on the hill 200 meters high. A pathway of slate slabs leads to the sanctuary yard.
  • Wat Aranyik Wat Aranyik is located near Wat Saphan Hin in the Aranyik area dwellings places for monks (kuti), caves, and the bases of ubosot and viharn line the pathway to the sanctuary.
    Wat Chang Rop This is situated in Aranyik area. A chedi is decorated with an elephant emerging from the base. A viham base and laterite columns are in front of the Chedi.
    Wat Chedi Ngam This is situated on the hill in Aranyik area. The main sanctuary is a round Singhalese-style chedi decorated with four niches. On the east are a viharn and four small stone edifices. On the north is a stone pond.
    Wat Tham Hip This lies on the hill near Wat Chedi Ngam in the Aranyik area. A viharn and chedi base are still in existence.
    Phra Ruang Dam This earthenwork dam was formed to hold back water between Phra Bat Yai and Kiu Ai Ma Hills and restored by Thailand's Irrigation Department. Water from the dam will be used as replacement whenever the water level in other reservoirs goes down. This dam is referred to in the Sukhothai inscription.
    Wat Mangkon A big viharn and a round Singhalese-style chedi are visible. Sangkhalok architectural decorations were found here.
    Wat Phra Yun This lies some 2,500 meters west of Wat Mahathat. The viharn enshrines a standing Buddha image.
    Ho Thewalai Kasetra Phiman The palace of the god in the field near Wat Pa Ma Muang is a square laterite triple-tiered pedestal. Its form resembles that of a mondop and was probably used to install Hindu images.
    Wat Pa Ma Muang The sanctuary of the Mango Grove is an important one referred to in Sukhothai inscriptions. The base of the Singhalese-style chedi and the ubosot still exist.
    Wat Tuk This lies about 110 meters from Ho Thewalai. A square window-less mondop is the main sanctuary; a viharn and chedis are in front.
    Outside the Citywalls : North Wat Phra Phai Luang This temple lies about 500 meters north of San Luang Gate. This sanctuary, formerly a Khmer-Hindu shrine, but later coverted into the Buddhist monastery, is surrounded by a moat. It is second in importance to Wat Mahathat. Inside there are three prangs like Wat Si Sawai, but the southern and the central ones, have crumbled, leaving only the northern one decorated with stucco figures. In front of these prangs are a viharn and a crumbled chedi; the later has a pedestal decorated with stucco seated Buddha images. A mondop contains Buddha images in four postures; sitting, reclining, standing and walking. They are now all in ruins. A Sivalinga (Phallic emblem of Siva) was unearthed in the compound of this sanctuary.
    Wat Sangkhawat This lies about 1,980 meters north of Wat Mahathat. The viharn enshrines a stucco image of Sukhothai style. Behind stands a Singhalese-style chedi. To the south, a brick ubosot base is surrounded by slate semas.
    Wat Hin Tang This lies about 2,400 meters north of Wat Mahathat. The Singhalese-style brick chedi is supported by a laterite base and surrounded by a laterite wall. A Sukhothai inscription of Wat Hin Tang described Buddhist relics and religious rites.
    Wat Khung Wai This lies about 300 meters away from Wat Hin Tang.
    Wat Si Chum This lies about 1,500 meters north of Wat Mahathat and was originally surrounded by a moat. A square mondop is the main sanctuary and contains a monumental stucco-over-brick Buddha image in the attitude Subduing Mara, called "Phra Achana". This Buddha measures 11.30 meters from knee to knee. The mondop is 32 meters square and 15 meters high, and the walls are 3 meters thick. There is a passageway in the left inner wall itself which leads to the above crossbeam. On the ceiling of the passageway are more than fifty engraved slate slabs illustrating Jataka scenes.
    Outside the Citywalls : South Wat Ton Chan This is situated outside the southern city wall 1,150 meters away from Wat Mahathat. A Brick Singhalese-style chedi enshrines Buddha images in niches. The brick viharn contains a handless stucco Buddha image. Fine votive tablets called Sanaechan are found here.
    Wat Chetuphon A mondop enshrines four Buddha images in different postures: sitting, standing, walking and reclining. The outer walls of the mondop still retains a section in the form of slate pillar-balustraded window. There is an entrance to the mondop on the north. Just behind the mondop is a small sanctuary which contains a Buddha image known locally as Phra Si Ariya (Matireya), the Lord Buddha of the Future.
    Wat Si Phichit Kirati Kanlayaram Wat Si Phichit Kirati Kanlayaram with a round Singhalese-style chedi on a square pedestal and a viharn in front, is surrounded by moats. A borken stone inscription in Pali and Thai was found and might have been inscribed between 1400- 1404.
    Wat Wihan Thong or Wat Thaksinaram This is situated nearby Wat Asokaram. The main sanctuary is the brick lotus-bud shape chedi.
    Wat Asokaram (Wat Salatdai) This large monument is situated outside the southern city wall 1,400 meters away from Wat Mahathat The bases of the main chedi, the viharn and the mondop are visible.
    Wat Mumlangka
    This is situated near Wat Asokaram. The Singhalese-style brick chedi and ubosot still remain.
    Outside the Citywalls : East Wat Chang Lom
    Wat Chang Lom is located to the north of Chotwithithong Road with a bell-shaped chedi of Ceylonese influence standing as the center. The chedi is situated on a 3-tiered square base on which a platform decorated with a row of elephants seen by their front halves supporting the round chedi.
    This type of elephant-decorated chedi is to be seen in many ancient towns of Sukhothai period, for example, Kamphaeng Phet and Si Satchanalai.
    Wat Thraphang Thong Lang
    A square mondop is the main sanctuary. In front of the mondop to the east, is the viharn and beyond the viharn stands an ubosot. The outer wall of the mondop is beautifully decorated by stucco figures in niches. The southern side portrays the Lord Buddha flanked by angels decending from Tavatimsa Heaven. On the west the Lord Buddha preached to his father and relatives. The northern side depicts the episode when the Lord Buddha returned to preach to his wife. These stucco figures, especially those on the south, are masterpieces of Sukhothai art.
    Wat Chedi Sung
    This is situated near Wat Traphang Thong Lang. The upper part of the chedi is round. The base is constructed in three tiered stages. This interesting Sukhothai type of chedi is of Sivijaya and Singhalese style. In front of the chedi stands a small viharn.
    Wat Hot Phayom
    This is situated in the rice-field outside the eastern citywall 2,000 meters away from Wat Mahathai. The base of the viharn and the laterite pedestal are still visible.
    Wat Ko Mai Daeng
    This is situated in the rice-field near Wat Chedi Sung. The main chedi is still in existence.
    Amphoe Muang
    Phra Mae Ya Shrine
    This shrine is situated in front of the City Hall and is highly respected by Sukhothai residents. It houses an Idol of Phra Mae Ya, a stone figure with a white face and long hair, and dressed as an ancient Queen. The Idol is about 1 meter high and supposed to have been built during King Ramkhamhaeng's reign as a dedication to his late mother, Nang Suang.
    Amphoe Sawankhalok
    Sawankha Woranayok National Museum situated in Amphoe Sawankhalok, 38 kms. from Sukhothai with a 2 kms. left turn, the museum puts on exhibition sculptures of different periods. Also on exhibition are ceramic wares of Sukhothai period and ceramic wares from shipwreck in the Gulf of Thailand. Open daily except Mondays, Tuesdays, and national holidays, from 9.00-16.00 hrs.Inside the Citywalls
    Amphoe Khiri Mat
    The Ramkhamhaeng National Park(Khao Luang, Sukhothai)
    This exquisite national park, with nature and historical background combining, covers an area of 341 square kilometers, and is declared to be a national park on October 27, 1980.
    High hills and steep cliffs, some of over 1,200 meters above sea-level, together with fascinating falls, different species of plants and wild lifes are some of the major attractions available in this park offer to nature-loving tourists or visitors. Furthermore, the archaeological and historical sites with ancient remains and relics make the park even more attractive especially for critics and theologians.
    To reach the park by road is by taking Highway No.101 to Km.414(20 kms.from Sukhothai) then take the left turn along the laterite road for another 16 kilometers to get to the park's office. For accommodations, reservation for bungalows and tents can be made through the National Park Devision, Forestry Department, by Tel: 5790529, 5794842.
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