Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park: Northern zone

Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park: Northern zone

A forest of ruins

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Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park's northern zone is located around a kilometre northwest of the park's central zone; and it is here where the historical park gets most interesting in our opinion, with venerable trees piercing into the ancient ruins.

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Dry season is not peak season. Photo by: David Luekens.
Dry season is not peak season. Photo: David Luekens

The first major site that you’ll see, on your left, after entering the historical park’s northern zone is Wat Phra Non, a large complex that blends into the forest. The ruins include the remains of several structures built from the 14th to 16th centuries, including a large ordination hall in front and a wihaan that once housed a reclining Buddha image towards the back. A two-metre-high laterite wall with narrow windows rims the sprawling grounds. Sema boundary stones depicting characters from the Ramakien epic were discovered here and can now be seen in the National Museum.

While there are no Buddha images or other individual attractions, the entire complex is a pleasure to wander through. Countless walls and wide laterite pillars stand alongside vast trees, making this is a prime place for a game of hide and seek.

Within the grounds of Wat Phra Non. Photo by: David Luekens.
Within the grounds of Wat Phra Non. Photo: David Luekens

Between Wat Phra Non and Wat Singh in the historical park’s northern zone, Wat Phra Si Ariyabot was named after a large Buddha image that still stands facing the forest at the back of the complex. Up front stands a massive two-metre-high brick base that once supported a wihaan. It must have been one of the largest buildings in the area; with some imagination you can picture it with a broad wooden roof sheltering chanting monks during the Sukhothai period. Off to the sides, a couple of badly damaged chedis still display some of the original circular patterns around the cracked ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)

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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.

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Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park: Central zone

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Kamphaeng Phet National Museum

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