Photo: Chilling out at Wat Phra Kaeo.

Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park: Central zone

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Comprising Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park’s entire central zone, Wat Phra Kaeo and Wat Phra That stand over a large field that was also home to a royal palace during the Sukhothai period, which at the time was the city’s spiritual and political anchor.

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Wat Phra Kaeo (also spelt Kaew) translates as Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It was named after a small but valuable nephrite Buddha image that was enshrined here in the early 1430s before being carted north to temples of the same name in Chiang Rai and later Vientiane and Bangkok, where it’s now revered as the Buddha image that’s thought to bring spiritual authority to the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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