Featured in the Heritage Listed and Other Trusts Sides World Wide group and
in the Historic Places group.
Wat (= temple) Mahathat with one of the old Buddha figures in the Sukhothai Historical Park in Thailand.
The Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Among the ancient monuments within the city wall of Sukhothai, the largest and most impressive is Wat Mahathat where King Mongkut discovered the first stone inscription. Its main chedi (stupa), vihara (assembly hall), mandapa, ordination hall (uposatha), and approximately 200 subordinate chedis, as well as some fine Buddha images are overwhelming. These stupa represent various architectural influences. Apart from the lotus bud shape, which is the definitive style of Sukhothai, there are also chedis in the earlier styles of Hariphunchai, Lanna and Sri Lanka. Two impressive statues of the 12-metre-tall standing Buddha, Phra Attharot, enshrined in the mandapa on both sides of the principle chedi.
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