Photo: Impressive artwork at Wat Phra Phai Luang.

Wat Phra Phai Luang

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Exemplifying the evolution of religious arts in the Sukhothai area, Wat Phra Phai Luang was second only to Wat Mahathat in size and prominence during the Sukhothai period. It was also an important site centuries earlier when the Khmer empire was in charge.

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Covering a vast tract of land ringed by moats, the site is thought to have marked the city centre back when it was still under Khmer control. The highlight is a remarkably well preserved prang with Lavo-style lintels depicting scenes from the Buddha’s life and images of Shiva and Brahma. The details are among the finest found in Sukhothai. Two other prangs also stand at the front of the complex but are in far more dilapidated states.

Buddhas big and small at Wat Phra Phai Luang Photo taken in or around Wat Phra Phai Luang, Sukhothai, Thailand by David Luekens.

Buddhas big and small at Wat Phra Phai Luang Photo: David Luekens

Wander further back and you’ll find a huge rectangular base studded with several different types of lopsided chedis, including the remains of an unusual pyramid-shaped chedi that’s peppered with broken ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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