Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat

Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat

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Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat (Woravihara), Sukhothai, at Sukhothai Historical Park

The Royal Palace and Wat Mahathat The royal palace lies in the centre of the town and covers an area of 160,000 square meters. This area is surrounded by a moat and contains two main compounds; the royal building and the sanctuary in the palace. In the royal compound exist the ruins of the royal building called Noen Phrasat, which might be Sala Phramat or Buddha Sala mentioned in a Sukhothai stone inscription.

Here, the famous stone inscription of King Ramhamhaeng was found by King Mongkut in the 19th century together with a piece of the stone throne called "Managkhasila Asana." King Ramkhamhaeng set up the throne in the midst of a sugarpalm grove where, at his request, a monk preached on Buddhist Subbath days and the King conducted the affairs of state on other days. This throne was later installed in Bangkok's Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

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