Travel Photo Thursday — January 24, 2013 — Wat Si Chum at Sukhothai’s Historical Park

Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in Destinations, Featured, Sukhothai | 30 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. For the past couple of days I’ve been in New Sukhothai, a dusty little Thai town located about  12km from the Sukhothai Historical Park. This sprawling UNESCO site is made up of numerous temple compounds; many of them in ruins, and some restored. Sukhothai was the second Thai capital, sandwiched between the first Thai capital Attutaya, and present day Bangkok. I am sharing with some shots from my favorite temple, Wat Si Chum (Temple of the Bodhi Tree).

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The brick and stucco Buddha is 15 meters tall.  

Wat Si Chum Buddha 2.jpg



Wat Si Chum Buddha 1.jpg


The most photographed part of the Wat Si Chum Buddha…


Wat Si Chum Buddha Hand




Wat Si Chum Buddha Head




And finally a lovely group of well behaved Thai Children admiring the Buddha 🙂


Wat Si Chum Buddha Children.jpg


Travelers Tips:

The park is open from 6:30pm to 8pm daily. Start early to avoid the heat.

The park is divided into five zones. The central, northern, and eastern zones each have an admission fee of 100 Baht

Transportation is required if you want to go beyond the central zone. Bicycles are available for hire. You can also hire a motorcycle tuk-tuk; 700 baht/approx. $22US for a full day (that was my choice.)

An Audio tour is available for the Central Zone (150 Baht/approx. $5US).

Crowds are almost non-existent. I was often the only person wandering around some of the temple compounds. 



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  1. This is a very photographic Buddha. You are right, I have seen the hand of this Buddha before. Some of those school children are so tiny!

    • Hi Jan, These kids were tiny, and of course the Buddha dwarfed them!

  2. What a beauty! I think I’ve told you how I long to visit those giant Asian buddhas and find them fascinating. I love how you captured her face and the slender hands. Beautiful photos!

    • I never get tired of the Buddha images, Mary, or finding a new one.

  3. I’m amazed at how big this Buddha is and how very small the adorable children look. I can see why the hand is photographed so much. It really is very beautiful.

  4. I particularly like your hand close-up though looking up at the Buddha is pretty awesome too. Where were all the people? It’s got to be a rare occasion where you get a place mostly to yourself.

  5. I agree with Leigh, where are all the people?! Is this a crowded tourist spot or not so much? I love your detailed shots… it reminds me that I need to focus on more details when I take photos.

  6. Whenever I see these amazing buddhas, I always wonder how they were built. It’s great that you have included the photographer in the first photos and the kids in the last so we can see how large it is. The hand is definitely beautiful…such grace.

  7. Amazing! I’ve never seen photos of this Buddha before.

  8. That is a giant Buddha! I guess I didn’t realize they made them that big. (Oh, I swear I don’t mean that the way it sounds. 🙂

  9. Nice photography. How did you do those neat color effects? We made it to Attatuya, but not to see this nearby giant. The fingers are so graceful they seem at odds with the imposing overall stature.

    • Hi Vera. I am learning to use Adobe Lightroom. I have only had it on my computer for over a year. I took a workshop here in CM, and learned a lot about it, so now I am trying to practice. You can do some great things with it. I am still very much in the learning stage.

  10. Beautiful statue! And I love the color effects (^_^)

  11. What an amazing statue, and the perspectives you have chosen really let us see how large it is.

    • Thanks, Johanna. Because of its size, not the easiest to photograph.

  12. Your recent posts about Thailand really have me daydreaming, and this on is only adding to the desire to fly up for a visit. Did you do this from Chiang Mai?

  13. I observed the Loy Krathong festival in Sukhothai last year. Such a lovely historical ground. And huge too! I didn’t even get to see all of it!

  14. I love the close-up of the green hued Buddha face. Beautiful.

  15. Love these shots of Wat Si Chum. The close ups are so dramatic.

  16. very cool photos!

  17. Great pictures! Love the close up shots giving a new perspective.

  18. That looks simply amazing! I would love to see it someday.

  19. Cool pictures – I really like the close up ones!!

    Hope all is well on your side of the world – love following your adventures on Instagram!

  20. Beautiful pics and love the detail you were able to capture in your photos. Your pics make me want to visit Thailand sooner than later – only been to Bangkok. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    • Cheryl, I spend a lot of time in Thailand, and never tire of ti.

  21. Such beautiful photos – I love the perspective of the close up shots of the Buddha! I never think to zoom in and take interesting shots like that!

  22. Such a sense of serenity on the Buddha’s face, beautifully captured!

  23. The photos are lovely. This place is really amazing.


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