Wat Phra Phai Luang

More evidence of the Khmers

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Located due north of the central zone and surrounded by a moat, Wat Phra Phai Luang was originally built by Khmers at the centre of a Khmer town, well before the Thais began to build here.

It's believed to be one of the oldest complexes in the park, although many additions were added long after the Khmers had moved on.

Originally a Hindu shrine, this wat was second in importance to Wat Mahathat after it became a Buddhist temple during the Sukhothai era. Of the three original Khmer-style prangs, only one remains and it's decorated with relief-stucco carvings from the Buddha's life, although the condition of these has deteriorated significantly over the years.

The entire complex contains more than 30 chedis, and as it was built in several phases over hundreds of years, it's an excellent example of the evolution of Sukhothai. Being in the northern zone, it's also less visited than the central zone monuments.

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Last updated: 2nd September, 2012

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