Top 5 historical parks in Thailand

Ayutthaya Historical Park, photo by Argenberg/flickr

One of the most beautiful countries of the world, Thailand attracts dozens of visitors every year due to its magnificent tourist destinations, the picturesque landscaped, gorgeous ancient towns and Buddhist temples, not to mention the spectacular beaches. There are so many things to see in Thailand, that visitors can not choose which ones to visit and which ones to miss. One of the country’s most beautiful attractions are the historical parks. There are numerous historic parks in Thailand which are a must-see of the country. Wandering in one of these parks is like passing back in the past. The spectacular historic buildings and temples are set in wonderful environment that amazes every visitor.


Ayutthaya Historical Park


The ancient city of Ayutthaya is situated in the central part of Thailand. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ayutthaya Historical Park is a spectacular and very popular attraction of the city. The park covers the ruins of the old city. The renovation of the ruins began in 1969 and it was declared a historical park in 1976. The temples which can be found here are magnificent. Several of the more central ruins can be visited on foot: Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Na Phra Meru,  Wat Ratburana, Wat Phra Mahathat, Wat Thammikarat,. The park is also the site of mass murder of Siamese people and destruction of the Ayutthaya city by the Burmese in 1767.


Ayutthaya Historical Park, photo by Argenberg/flickr


Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park


It is an archeological site which can be found in the town of Kamphaeng Phet, northern Thailand. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main attractions of the Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park include wonderful remains of ancient sites. Among others, these are the following: Mueang Chakangrao, Mueang Trai Trueng and Mueang Nakhon Chum. The structures are usually made of laterite which is rusty-red because of iron oxides. Some of the spectacular temples and palaces of the historical park are the following: Wat Phra Kaeo, Sa Mon, Wat Phra Non and Wat Phra Sing. Wat Phra Kaeo is a large royal temple. Its major features include the principal Chedi with lion-adorned base and a round Chedi with elephant-adorned base. It is magnificent and worth visiting.


Sukhothai Historical Park


The park covers the ruins of Sukhothai, which was the capital of the Sukhothai kingdom (this is the actual northern part of Thailand) in the 13th and 14th centuries. It is located near the modern city of Sukhothai. Inside the World Heritage Site there are beautiful remains of the royal palace and 26 temples. The largest temple is Wat Mahathat, an impressive and gorgeous building. There are also wonderful Buddha statues, palace buildings and other ruined temples here. The park is very popular and attracts thousands of visitors every year.


Sukhothai Historical Park, photo by moritz.schmaltz/flickr


Phanom Rung Historical Park


Located in Buriram Province, the park is a Khmer temple complex which is set on the rim of an extinct volcano, at 400 m above sea level. It was originally a Hindu shrine dedicated to Shiva. The park opened its doors to the public in 1988. The buildings are mainly made of sandstone and laterite.  After the three-leveled lower stairway there is a cruciform platform with a first peek at the main temple. On the right is situated the spectacular White Elephant House. Other spectacular attractions of the park are the three naga bridges. At the first one visitors can admire the beautiful five-headed snakes in all four directions. The historical park is magnificent and a must-see of the country.


Phimai Historical Park


The Phimai Historical Park is home to one of the most important Khmer temples of Thailand. It is located in the town of Phimai, in Nakhon Ratchasima Province. The temple is uniquely beautiful. It was built of sandstone and laterite, having rusty-red color. Khmer temples, just like Phimai temple, were built to resemble the universe. The main building resembles the peak of the mountain that centers the universe and the surrounding walls resemble the water and encircling mountains. Along with other spectacular attractions, the temple is very popular and attractive for visitors.


Phimai Historical Park, photo by Arian Zwegers/flickr

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