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.
Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thailand/sukhothai-province/sukhothai#ixzz32QlNQG7s
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.
Yes, this is one large Buddha.
On the way to see Buddha.
Look up, way up…
Buddha’s gold flecked thumb.
A monk’s contemplation…
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.
This is the 178th edition of Travel Photo Thursday. You can browse the archives here.
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