Sukhothai, ‘Dawn of Happiness’, is the name of the first capital of Thailand, once marked the beginning of a new epoch. During the course of its 120 year flowering period, several of the city’s impressive buildings were created, such as the magnificent Wat Mahathat Temple.
Beyond the old city walls is the fascinating Wat Si Chum Temple, which owes its national fame to the huge seated Buddha sculpture of Phra Atchana. It is more than 11 metres high and is one of the largest and most imposing Buddha statues in Thailand.
Picturesque, yet almost sad, the century old ruins seem to be reflected within the water of the nearby moats, canals and ponds yearning for a bygone time when the area was full of buildings, that in turn, were full of life. But despite its continuing decay, Sukhothai is still a truly magical experience.
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