Wat Saphan Hin
Two main reasons to visit Wat Saphan Hin:
– To see the most beautiful dawn in Sukhothai
– To have a little adventurous pilgrimage trip: walking 300 meters up to the hill
Just 3 km northwest of the Sukhothai Historical Park is where Wat Saphan Hin is tucked away. The ancient vihara sits on a slope, 200 meters in height. At foot of the mountain, there lies a 300-meter-long slate walkway up to the vihara.
After a bit of sweat-inducing steps, here are what you can expect:
– A 12.5-meter-high standing Buddha statue in the attitude of forgiveness named ‘Phra Attharot’, dated back to 700 years ago. In addition to being a popular Buddha image built in the Sukhothai period, Phra Attharot was also mentioned in the stone inscription No.1
– Wat Saphan Hin is thought to be the temple to which King Ramkhamhaeng, the third King of Sukhothai, rode on a white elephant to worship a Buddha image on the New Moon and Full Moon of Ubosot day.
– The ancient vihara with remnants of history and decayed pillars. Despite not being in perfect condition, this place is loaded with story and reverence.
Above all, the best part of Wat Saphan Hin is an early visit to catch the first light of the day. Make sure to be there at dawn to capture the beautiful sunrise backed by endless landscape of flat terrain, claimed to be one of the most beautiful sunrise-watching spots in Sukhothai!
📍 Location: Western outer zone of Sukhothai Historical Park, Mueang Kao Sub-district, Mueang Sukhothai District, Sukhothai Province
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