Wat Chang Lom



Wat Chang Lom

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Built in the reign of Ramkamhaeng, this monument is thought to be the first Sri Lankan-style chedi of the Sukhothai Kingdom. The style was later copied throughout Si Satchanalai and Sukhothai.

Exploring Sawankhalok

With the introduction of new firing techniques by Chinese potters, the kilns around Si Satchanalai and Sukhothai became some of the most important producers of ceramics in Southeast Asia. At their most prolific, during the 14th– 16th centuries, as the Sukhothai Kingdom came under the control of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya, it is thought that over 200 potteries lined the banks of the Yom River. They produced a variety of pottery termed Sangkhalok – a derivation of Sawankhalok, the name that was given to Si Satchanalai during the period of Ayutthaya’s rule in the region. Today the name applies only to the small town of Sawankhalok, where the Sawankha Woranayok National Museum is located. This houses an expansive selection of Sangkhalok ceramics (see pp164–5), which includes plates, storage jars, bowls, temple roof tiles, figures used in religious ceremonies, and everyday statues that may have been toys. A large number of the ceramics on display were salvaged from ships wrecked in the Gulf of Thailand on their way to trade with India, China, the Philippines, and Indonesia. The museum also contains a collection of religious sculptures taken from Sawankhalok’s nearby Wat Sawankharam – many were donated to the wat by the villagers who unearthed them

Exploring Si Satchanalai National Park

Founded in 1981, this park covers an area of 82 sq miles (213 sq km). Dotted around the park are the Tad Dao, Tad Duen, Huai Sai, and Huai Pa Cho waterfalls. The Tara Wasan and Kang Khao caves are also worth visiting. The park is good for birdwatching, with more than 70 species recorded. Though few large mammals inhabit the park, there may be a small number of wild elephants living here.

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