Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Historical Park, Thailand
Wat Mahathat is the most important and arguably the most impressive temple in the Sukhothai Historical park. The name of the temple, translates to “Temple of the great relic”.
Founded by King Sri Indraditya sometime between 1292 and 1347, Wat Mahathat was the main temple of the city and the Kingdom of Sukhothai. The deasign of the temple is based on the Mandala, representing the universe, with the principal stupa (chedi), built in 1345 to enshrine relics of the Lord Buddha. This is surrounded by smaller stupas in eight directions. Four of these show Khmer influences, the other four, reflect the Lanna style. On both sides of the principal stupa are two 9 metre high standing Buddha images, known as Phra Attharot………
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