Temples of Thailand - a photographic journey
Bangkok Area Provinces: Central North North-East West South East
The Ancient Civilization of Sukhothai
This was once a huge temple, which covered 4 ha, or 10 acres and was surrounded by 200 chedis and many other buildings. According to the Theravada Buddhist believe, every major city should have a Wat Mahathat in it's center to enshrine Buddha's relics. It is also the temple where most tourists are dropped off first. Unfortunately we keep seeing tourists, which show the utmost disrespect when visiting this site, like sitting on the Buddha images or walking around with their shirts off. The original image in the viharn luang, which is the picture above, was Phra Sri Sakayamuni and is now enshrined in Wat Suthat in Bangkok.