Wat Si Chum

Check out the tapered fingers

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What we say: 4 stars

This famous and much photographed temple is located in the northern zone outside the northwest corner of the central park, although it's best reached en route to the western zone along the main road to Tak.

The impressive mondop houses a massive Buddha almost touching the ground in the subduing Mara pose with a mesmerising set of tapered fingers, each of which are as tall as a full grown person.

The image is 11 metres across at the waist and the walls of the mondop are three metres thick. As you approach the temple from outside, notice the open-air window at the top of the structure that allows only the Buddha's face to be seen from outside. Although this is a single site and not a large complex like Wat Mahathat or Wat Phra Phai Luang, it's easily Sukhothai's most impressive Buddha image.

After snapping some photos, check out the old working Buddhist temple a short way behind Wat Si Chum with its ancient shrines and stupas scattered among the trees.

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Sukhothai Historic Park
Last updated: 2nd September, 2012

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