Friday, February 7, 2020

Sukhothai Historical Park: Wat Mahathat

The ruins of Sukhothai are important since they are traditionally regarded as the first Thai regime, a monarchy that flourished in the 12th and 13th centuries, having broken away from the Khmers. The remains at Sukhothai are picturesque, if limited, but the tram tour of the park and the signage are very good indeed. If you've seen Angor Wat, you won't find Sukhothai particularly impressive. But we had a good if brief stay there, both in and out of the park. We lingered at the two major sites, Wat Mahathat and Wat Sa Si (next post).
World Heritage, of course

Helpful map; and in English too

Wat Mahathat

Click to enlarge
After a week in Muslim Ao Nang Beach and a week in
secular Singapore, we'd gotten out of the wat, stupa, viharna

Rare dorsal view...

Leaning tower

All in a row

Other side

At each of these sites there are helpful reconstructive depictions, this one showing
the succession of assembly hall, ordination hall, etc., leading to the stupas

Thus, what in Europe I would call a knave view [sic]

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