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Sukhothai Province Page 5, Historical Sites and Museums,

Phra Mae Ya Shrine is situated in front of the City Hall, Thanon Nikhon Kasem, by the Yom River. The shrine is highly respected by Sukhothai residents. It houses an idol of Phra Mae Ya, a stone figure with a long face, tapered chin, long halo and dressed as an ancient queen.

 

The idol is supposed to have been built during King Ramkhamhaeng the Great’s reign as a dedication to his late mother Nang Sueang. In this connection, the word Phra Mae Ya or grandmother in Thai is literally a term of endearment since the local people regarded King Ramkhamhaeng the Great as their father. The statue was formerly housed in a rock shelter of Phra Mae Ya Mountain. The Sukhothai residents later relocated it to the present shrine situated in front of the City Hall. The shrine is also believed to house the spirit of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great. The Phra Mae Ya Fair is held annually in late February.

 

The Centre for Study and Preservation of Sangkhalok Kilns  is considered the industrial area of Si Satchanalai. Numerous celadon wares in broken, as well as perfect, condition have been discovered. The kiln is oval with a curved roof like that of a ferryboat and is 7-8 metres long. The centre consists of two buildings situated on the kiln site area with two kilns Nos. 42 (ground level) and 61 (underground) exhibited in situ. There are also exhibitions on artefacts, academic documents, and on the evolution of ancient ceramic wares.

 

The Fish Museum is located in the Rama IX Park, along Highway 12. It displays a variety of fresh water fish

mentioned in Thai literature, such as the travel poems titled Kap Ho Khlong Nirat Phra Bat and Kap Ho

Khlong  Praphat Than Thongdaeng, and the Kap He Ruea boat song by Chaofa Thammathibet ( Chaofa Kung ).

 

Sangkhalok is the name of ceramic wares produced in the old city of Sukhothai. The museum displays the collection of Sangkhalok and ceramic wares produced some 700 years ago in the Lanna Kingdom (now the northern region of Thailand). The museum is just one kilometre from town on the road to Phitsanulok.It is open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is 100 Baht for adults and 20 Baht for children.

 

Wat Chana - Songkhram Situated to the north of Wat Mahathat is Wat Chana Songkhram.  Its main sanctuary is a round Singhalese-style Chedi.  In front of the Chedi exists the base of a viharn and behind the former stands an ubosot.  Bases of 12 small Chedi's are also visible.  Near Charot Withithong Road is a strange Chedi having three bases, one on top of the other.

 

Wat Si Chum The Mondop is 32 metres square and 15 metres high, and the walls are three metres thick. There is a

passageway in the left inner wall itself which leads to the above crossbeam.  On the ceiling of the passageway

are more than 50 engraved slate slabs illustrating Jataka scenes.

 

 

 

 

 

Sukhothai Province Page 6, Phra Mae Ya Shrine, Fish Museum, Wat Si Chum,
Sukhothai Province Page 7, Wat phra Phai Luang, Wat Chang Lom and other Wat's