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Old Tree in ancient Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Historical Park (by an ancient photographer)

The greatest temple in the Old Sukohthai is Wat Mahathat, the spiritual focus of the city and the king. Founded by the first king, the royal temple was given its large central chedi by King Lö Thai in 1345. Wat Mahathat now consists of ten viharns, one bot, eight mondops, one large chedi and 200 small chedis.

The central chedi was built in 1345 to house two relics of the Buddha brought from Sri Lanka by the monk Sisatta. The chedi's lotus-bud shape became the hallmark of Sukhothai architecture, imitated throughout the kingdom.

best way around this large complex is by renting a bicycle.


Thai kids play football between the ruins...

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on June 26, 2011
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by tor tom
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-ZS5
    • Taken on 2011/04/07 16:26:20
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 4.10mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash