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Sukhothai Province Page 9, Ramkhamhaeng National Park ( Khao Luang )

Ramkhamhaeng National Park ( Khao Luang ) continued

 

Historical points of interest

 

Phra Ruang road: It is believed that this historic road was built around 700 years ago

as a strategic route connecting Kamphaeng Phet to Sisatchanali via Sukhothai. The about

length of this road is 123 km. This road might be the first national highway of Thailand.

 

Buddha's footprint ( Roypratputabaht ) This stone structure is located on a slope of Buddha footprint mountain. There are 108 auspicious symbols on the carved stone footprint.

 

Bang Khao Phu Ja Jedi: This large brick jedi, or Stupa, is situated on a small hill within the park. It is a Khmer style Stupa, and is believed to have been built about 1,500 years age.

 

Taam Pra Na Rai cave: Legend has it that a sacred statue was found here radiating light. All that remains today in this cave is the base of the statue. This cave is near the Khao Luang high country hiking trail.

 

Plong Nang Nak hole: This hole in the high country of the Khao Lung range is believed to be extremely deep.Taam Pra

 

Mae Ya cave: This cave is located near one of the park's substations. A statue of Pra Mae Ya, the mother of King Pa

Khun Ramkhamhaeng, was discovered here. This statue is now in the provincial headquarters.

 

Siripong dam: This ancient dam was built by one of the Sukhothai Kings. It is located near Sukhothai historical park. In the old days the water from the dam would flow through canals to the capital city's walls and into holding ponds. The city inhabitants could then use the water. The dam is still being used today.

 

For accommodation, reservations for bungalows and tents can be made through the National Park Section, the Royal Forest Department by Tel: 0 2562 0760 0 2562 0760 or P.O.Box 1 Amphoe Khiri Mat, Sukhothai 64160 www.dnp.go.th Visitors have to start trekking before 3.30 a.m. everyday and bring food and essential equipment with them. Bungalows and tents are available. Admission is 200 Baht per person.

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