Travel Photo Thursday — May 22/14 — Sukhothai’s Sitting Buddha

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Destinations, Sukhothai, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 49 comments

Welcome! Here we are for the 178th edition of Travel Photo Thursday. I came home today to find myself  locked out of my apartment. Through no fault of my own, and a delivery man who thought he was doing the right thing by locking the gate to the top floor (where I live). The gate has never been locked in the 3 or so years I have lived here, and who knows where the key is. Anyway, 3 hours later and a dozen phone calls and I’m here…YAY! Join me in Sukhothai, Thailand, this week.


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Sukothai is a World Heritage Site about five hours outside of Chiang Mai. Getting there is not that easy, and once again my chariot was a rickety bus. Besides having a rather sore derriere and knees that creaked, I made it there in fine fashion.

Lonely Planet says…The Sukhothai (Rising of Happiness) Kingdom flourished from the mid-13th century to the late 14th century. This period is often viewed as the ‘golden age’ of Thai civilisation – the religious art and architecture of the era are considered to be the most classic of Thai styles. The remains of the kingdom, today known as the meuang gòw (old city), feature around 45 sq km of partially rebuilt ruins, which are one of the most visited ancient sites in Thailand.
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The large sitting Buddha at Wat Si Chum; Temple of the Bodhi Tree. This is easiest the most photographed Buddha at Sukothai. The Buddha is known by 2 names: “Phra Achana”– Buddha who is not afraid and “Phra Poot Dai” — Speaking Buddha.


Sitting Buddha at Wat Si Chum


Yes, this is one large Buddha.


Artist at Work


Peeking in…


Peeking In :)


On the way to see Buddha.


On the Way to see Buddha


Look up, way up…


Look Up, Way Up



Buddha’s gold flecked thumb. 


Buddha's Gold Flecked Thumb




Wat Si Chum Sitting Buddha


A monk’s contemplation…


A Monk's Contemplation



Traveler’s Tip

Wat Si Chum is located in the northern zone of  Sukhothai Historical Park. Open daily from 07.00-17.30, and  the entrance fee is 100 Baht for foreigners and 20 Baht for Thais. I rented a motorcycle tut-tuk for less than 1000 Baht per day, and the driver was excellent. 


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  1. One of the most beautiful Buddha statues I ever seen 🙂

    • Thanks, Lilly. The entire park is stunning. Lots of great statues and ruins.

  2. I was going to say exactly what Lily said. Still I wonder why I have not seen or heard about this buddha before!

    • Hi Jan! It’s not that easy to get to. It’s a long way from Bangkok. Getting there from Chiang Mai means a rickety bus for 5 hours, or a train (which could derail) and another bus ride! You get the picture!

  3. WOW this is amazing and your photos are incredible!

    • Hi Jackie! Thanks! It’s a wonder place to visit, if you’re ever in Thailand. There is just so much to see.

  4. Gorgeous photos. I have not been to Sukhotai yet…but would love to see that Buddha.

    • Hi Corrine, Sukhothai is a little off the beaten track, but well worth the effort!

  5. Beautiful statue in a beautiful place! And those kids are adorable 🙂

    • Hi Erica, The kids really added to the day!

  6. Wow – that is one large Buddha! Incredible. Wonderful photos!

    • Hi Molly. Believe me, that Buddha makes everyone feel small.

  7. I agree with everyone – Wow this is one very large amazing Buddha!
    Great pictures as always. Thanks for taking us there and for hosting. I am glad you got into your house! happy travels.

    • Hi Jill! I glad to get back in, too. It really was a shock to come home and find the gate to the landing solidly locked. It has never been locked in the 3 years I have lived here, and there is no key!

  8. That’s one very impressive Buddha.I love the lighting and the photos of the kids as well.
    Bummer about being locked out for three hours – a lesson in patience.

    • Hi Leigh. I was happy with the lighting. I think that was rather early in the morning, or at least before the harsh noon sun. I did a lot of deep breathing, while I was waiting to get back in 🙂

  9. Hi Nancie, thank you for bringing us to Sukothai! That’s one Thai city I haven’t been and I always want to visit. This Buddha is beautiful. I dind’t realize its immensity until I saw that photo of a mean next ot the Buddha’s hand. I so adore the photos of those cute little people visiting the temple. Love the photos and the details you captured.

    • Hi Marisol! Thank you! It’s definitely worth the trip, next time you are in Northern Thailand.

  10. Phenomenal photos Nancie! The light is beautiful in all of them but I especially love the school kids all holding on to each other.

    • Hi Phoebe! The kids were so adorable that day. I was so impressed with well behaved they were.

  11. Nancie, this is one of the most beautiful series of photos I’ve seen. You’ve captured the size and beauty of this Buddha and I love the faces of the children! (Glad you got into your place!)

    • Hi Jackie!! Thanks so much. Going through these photos last week, I was surprised that I had never posted/blogged them. I’m glad I finally did share them 🙂

  12. This buddha is grand in both scale and beauty. When you showed that woman next to it, I truly appreciated how big it is. What a great place for a field trip. You really captured the awe in those kids faces. I was trying to figure out why Sukothai was familiar to me, and then I realized it’s the name of the Thai restaurant I like in Penang. I’m so glad you are not still locked out of your place.

    • Hi Michelle. Next time I’m in Penang I’ll have to go there!

  13. I have been to Sukhothai many years ago and with a very cheap camera which I lost during the trip! And now I see your pictures and that brings me back to when I visited this amazing Buddha. Wonderful pictures and you managed to capture the very special atmosphere.
    Found your site via Kathy`s “You`ll shoot your eyes out”

    • Hi Karen and welcome! I’m so glad that I brought back some great memories!

  14. So now, I have to ask, Nancie: did getting locked out somehow make you feel closer to the Zen of Buddhism? I think I’d first be nihilistic before slipping into a state of zen. 🙂 The other question is: did the Buddha-who-is-not-afraid speak to you? 🙂

    • Hi Henry. I think I lost my Zen the day I was locked out 🙂 Buddha always speaks to me 🙂

  15. Wow, that is one large Buddha! I love your photos here! But I must say that I especially love the picture of the little school children… just too adorable!

    (p.s. sooo sorry if you’re getting this twice.. I don’t think it went through the 1st time)

    • Hi Anna. I have seen some big Buddhas in my travels, and this one ranks among the biggest.

  16. These are all such beautiful images, Nancie. You’ve really captured the grandeur of this Buddha, and the photos with people in them are all so well done. I love the one with the Buddha’s hand. That’s a great composition.

    • Hi Andrew. Thanks so much. The Buddha’s hand is one of my favorite’s too.

  17. Beautiful photos, Nancie! That Buddha is just beautiful and grand. I love those photos of the kids. So adorable! Sorry to hear about your being locked out. Hope it doesn’t happen again.

    • Hi Mary! Thanks so much. I don’t think I’ll get locked out again, unless I lose the key to my door. The locksmith took off all the hardware on the gate, so I can no longer be locked.

  18. It’s hard to imagine how much manpower went into creating these beautiful monuments. Great photos!

    • Hi Irene,

      These ancient monuments always put me in awe. That’s always my question…How did they do it?

  19. Nancie, that Buddha is a real beauty! I visited it years ago and remember how big it was for the very small place it positioned in. You simply couldn’t help but gaze up in awe, just like the little kids on your photo… 🙂

    • Hi Dennis…All I can figure is that the Buddha came first and then the enclosure 🙂

  20. Sukhothai looks like an amazing place. Those statues are magnificent.

    • Hi Billy. I really liked Sukhothai, in spite of the clunky bus ride!

  21. Thank you for taking me to Sukothai to see the Sitting Buddha. Wish I could see it in person. Here’s some of what I have seen in Thailand,

    • Hi Carole. Put it on your list for your return visit 🙂

  22. These statues are magnificent. I love all of the photos, but especially the one with the little kids! Thailand is probably where I have the best travel memories from and can’t wait to return.

    • Hi Michelle. I spend a lot of time in Thailand, and never tire of going there.

  23. All of your photos are fabulous and the one with the kids in pink shorts and skirts made me smile! The more I read and learn about Thailand the more I want to go…

  24. These photos are just amazing!

  25. The Rising of Happiness: Beautiful!

  26. Just discovered that you host this link up! So much great photos and new travel inspiration! Adding my post too for the first time 🙂

  27. I’m really sorry to say we missed visiting Sukhothai when we were in Thailand this past January. Was the Buddha once all covered in gold paint or gold leaf? Most of the restored Buddhas we saw, were at least painted gold. We did, however, have the chance to visit the ruined old capital of Ayunttaya (sp?).

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