The Sukhothai Historical Park is located in the northern part of present day Thailand. Sukhothai was the capital of the Sukhothai Kingdom during the 13th and 14th centuries, and is located near the present day Sukhothai, which is the capital of the Thai province with the same name.
The walls of the city create a rectangular arena that is nearly 2 km east-west and 1.6 km north-south. The historical park has 193 ruins scattered in an area of about 70 square kilometers – making the place a major tourist spot of historical importance that is famous for its combination of Khmer (Cambodian) and Sri Lankan style of architecture. The park is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Thailand.
The central area has as many as 21 temples, surrounded by a gorgeous moat. The park encompasses almost 27 square miles and has 5 zones. The central zone is known as the royal zone that is the most important area where the royal palaces and temples are located. The outer zones – the north, south, east, and west – are comparatively less important.
The central zone has 21 temples and covers approximately 3 square kilometers. Wat Mahatha is the most important temple of this zone, which is surrounded by a lotus pond.
The most important temple of the northern zone is Wat Phra Phai Luang. The main temple in the east zone is Wat Chang Lom or the Temple that is surrounded by elephants. As the name suggests, the temple has a Sri-Lankan-styled chedi decorated with elephant’s sculptures. The most notable western zone site is Wat Saphan Hin or the Temple of Stone Bridge with a steep 650-foot long pathway made up of stone slabs.
The best time to visit the place is October or November with the Festival of light being the greatest event that makes the place one of the most popular world tourist destinations during these months.
Daily: 06:00 - 18:00
Mueang Kao, Mueang Sukhothai District, Sukhothai 64210, Thailand
Phone: +66 55 697 241
17° 1′ 16″ N, 99° 42′ 13″ E