Town: Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park

Prosperity on the Strength

UNESCO Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park, Town Site
Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park is divided into two sites: Town and Aranyik.
เขตเมืองเป็นที่ตั้งของศูนย์กลางการเมืองการปกครTown Site
Town site is the political centre, the palace and religious significance that surrounded by walls, fortress, and moats. The Aranyik is located outside the town walls; about 1 km consists of over 40 temples.ประกอบด้วยพรศาสนสถานสำคัญล้อมรอบดกำแพส่วนเขตอรัญยิประกอบไปด้วยกลุ่มวัดอรัญวาสี 40 กว่าแห่ง ตั้งอยู่นอกกำแพงเมือง ประมาณ 1 กม.

The evidence shows the Kamphaeng Phet ancient town was existed from the Kingdom of Sukhothai until Kingdom of Ayutthaya at a later time as well.  Arts, culture and beliefs were influenced by the Sukhothai, Ayutthaya and on its own.

Viharn and Main Chedi, Wat Phra Kaew
Principle Buddha, Wat Phra Kaew
Wat Phra Kaew
วัดพระแกThe most important historical place in town, Wat Phra Kaew was the premise for royal worship and ceremonies and none of the residing monks, the same as Wat Phra Si San Phet, Ayutthaya and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), Bangkok.

On the fact that it was once enshrined the Emerald Buddha in a period of Ayutthaya. "Wat Pra Kaew" was named by King Rama VI, Rattanakosin period, when he was the Crown Prince having a trip to explore this ancient land.

Being home of the most important Buddha in the country, illustrated the importance of Kamphaeng Phet and political power in the past. Currently, the Emerald Buddha is located at Wat Phra Kaew, The Grand Palace in Bangkok.

On site, there are reclining Buddha and two sitting Buddha images presided at viharn. Described U-Thong art style (early Ayutthaya) from the square shaped face, bracket shaped eyebrow and male expression.

The archaeologists believe viharn at Wat Phra Kaew was decorated with stucco works. On the wall of the viharn, behind the principle Buddha might be the mural painting illustrated the history of Buddha.

Main Chedi: Kamphaeng Phet School of Art, Wat Phra That
วัดพระธาWat Pra That
There are many temples in Thailand nominated Wat Maha That or Wat Pra That. The reason is the temples contain the relics of the Buddha or the relics of the Buddhist saints in the main chedis. They must be created by the kings. Undoubtedly, these are one of the holy royal temples of the cities.

Wat Pra That lies to the south of Wat Phra Kaew. The viharn is surrounded by a gallery. The entrance to the viharn is the gateway arch and the octagonal bell shaped chedi located at the back of viharn.

When visit this place, I enjoy wandering directly to the entrance gate, shooting photo and go straight on to the viharn, walk pass from front to back, then climb down the building and continue shooting photo until reach the main chedi. The outcome was the brilliant pictures as you can see below.  

Direct Line from Front Gate to Back, Wat Phra That
สระ Sra Mon
Opposite Wat Pra Kaew on the right across the street was the palace. At the site, there is a very little evidence remains today. However, many objects have found and stored at the museum.

ป้อม ประตูเมือง กำแพงเมือง และคูน้ำForts, walls and moats
Kampheng Phet literally means wall made of diamond. In reality, Kamphaeng Phet has a strong defense; difficult for the enemy to seize the town. The same as diamond is strong and difficult to have any tools destroyed it. Someone said our town title is "The Unbreakable Wall".

Visitors have the opportunity to explore the surrounding walls and stair up to the forts to study the construction of the fort protected the town efficiently and remained strongly.

ตัวเมืองเก่ากำแพงเพชรตั้งอยู่ห่างจากแม่น้ำปิงพอสมควรToday, Kamphaeng Phet new town is located on the Ping River not far from ancient town. In the past the canal was linked the river to the old town for farming and sailing purposes. วันนี้บริเวณริมแม่น้ำปิงเป็นที

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