West of the City Walls, Sukhothai
West of the city wallsOnly a few of the ruins to the west of the town are worth a visit. Some of them are to undergo restoration in the near future.
Wat Sapan Hin
The Wat Sapan Hin lies on a hill at the edge of the Yom plain and offers a fine view of the mountains and Si Satchanalai. A paved path leads to the monastery giving it the name "temple of the stone bridge". In this wat King Ramkhamhaeng celebrated the Thot-Kathin festival annually in October, the end of the Buddhist fasting period. Tall stucco covered laterite columns once supported the wiharn. There is an impressive 12.5-m (41-ft) high statue of a standing Buddha in Sukhothai style leaning against a brick wall in the open, the right hand raised in a protective gesture. It is deeply revered by the population of the surrounding area.Near by is a statue of a seated Buddha also in Sukhothai style. Ruins of another temple and a chedi can also be found. Parts of this wat were restored in the 20th c.
Wat Phra Bat Noi
The Wat Phra Bat Noi is also interesting ("wat to Buddha's footprint") with its unusual chedi (mixture of Thai and Khmer styles). The central part resting on a square basis has a niche on each side which is occupied by a smaller Buddha figure. The lower part of the apex has vertical ribbing, which like the niches, is decorated with predominantly Hindu motifs. The footprint from the wiharn is in the Ramkhamhaeng Museum.
Wat Pa Mamuang
In the Sukhothai period the Wat Pa Mamuang was a religious center. Inscriptions in Pali, Khmer and Thai (today in the National Museum in Bangkok) provide information about its history. The base of the mondhop, the pedestals of several smaller chedis and the ruins of the bot can still be seen. Also from the Wat Tuk remains of the mondhop, wiharn and some chedis have been preserved.
Wat Chedi Ngam
The bell-shaped chedi of the Wat Chedi Ngam rests on a richly decorated foundation. The base of the bell is decorated with a lotus frieze, on each side of the central part is a niche for a Buddha figure. About one meter below in front of the chedi are the laterite columns of the wiharn and four small stone chapels.
Wat Chang Rob
The pedestal of the chedi in the Wat Chang Rob is supported by 24 elephants. In the foreground - apart from some rubble - the laterite columns of a former wiharn still stand.
The Ho Thewalai stands on a platform which is reached by a staircase; eight columns of this Hindu temple can still be seen.
Wat Tham Hip
At the foot of the hill is the Wat Tham Hip. The chedi and wiharn, of which remains can be seen, are on different levels.
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