Impossible to miss while approaching the historical park from the east, the Ramkamhaeng National Museum contains a strong collection of artifacts discovered in Sukhothai and related sites.
Several models and English info boards will help to put the ruins into context.
The museum’s main building begins with old photos of the ruins before restoration work began in the 1950s, followed by a large display of Buddha images and other works of Sukhothai art. Linguists will appreciate an entire room dedicated to how the written Thai language was developed in Sukhothai in the late 13th century, including translations of the many stone inscriptions that have been uncovered in the area.
Another room displays gorgeous lintels found at Wat Phra Phai Luang and elsewhere. A large second-floor section features some of Sukhothai’s famous Sangkhalok pottery and porcelain from Yuan Dynasty China. A small collection of Ayutthaya-era art rounds out the museum; check out the 19th-century wooden toilet. Out back you’ll find an ancient boat, ox carts, a replica of a Sukhothai-era kiln and a traditional Thai house spread around a garden.
If you’re specifically interested in Sukhothai-period ceramics, you may also want to check out the Sangkhalok Museum located 2.5 kilometres east of the bridge off Singhawat Road (Highway 12) in New Sukhothai.
How to get there
Ramkamhaeng National Museum is located off Jarod Vithithong Road, 100 metres east of the central zone’s main gate.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 15th June, 2016.