Wat Chang Lom, Sukhothai, Thailand

Situated outside the Sukhothai city limits is a beautiful Wat, the Wat Chang Lom (temple surrounded by elephants) of 14th century. It has a special place in my memory because of the beautiful elephants lined up around the base of the Wat. There are 32 of them! Not all were in good shape. Many have crumbled and some forms are on the verge of disappearing. The whole site was neat, lot of vacant space around it. It looked to me as if Sukhothai is free of land sharks, because there were not many shops or buildings around it.

As we walked towards it, the elephant heads started taking definite shape and color. The complex has Sri Lankan style chedi, it stands on 3 tiered square base on a platform. The platform is decorated with elephants; it gives a feel as if the elephants are supporting the entire structure on their back. There are several Buddha figures in the niches. Most of the elephants had dry moss growth on them; I wished a better maintenance was done on them.


Sukhothai is 400kms north of Bangkok. Bangkok is easily reachable, as there are several flights to the city from different parts of world.


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31 Responses

  1. interesting info and beautiful photo


  2. eileeninmd says:

    Amazing place to visit, Indrani! The elephants would be a favorite of mine. Great post.

  3. Impressive sculptures for sure.

  4. Another nice post, beautiful photos.

  5. Renuka says:

    Interesting architecture!

  6. TexWisGirl says:

    at first when i read that some of the 32 elephants were not in good shape, i thought they were living! so glad to know they are carved! and lovely!

  7. Jeevan says:

    That's wonderful! Sounds so impressive structure

  8. Carver says:

    Wonderful shots. Your travels are always so interesting.

  9. Wonderful sculptures and an impressive structure indeed! The elephants are amazing! Thanks for sharing, as always!

  10. YEr: the moss on the elephants. es. it's sad when national treasures are not well cared for.

  11. Gattina says:

    That must be beautiful to see ! Unfortunately a little far for me !

  12. George says:

    I was not at all familiar with this wat, but it is beautiful.

  13. one of the tourist spots in thailand isn't it?

  14. i am pam says:

    amazing Wat. i'm sure I will ever make it to that side of the world. you never know…until then i will admire!

  15. ladyfi says:

    Such a lovely place!

  16. Kusum Sanu says:

    Wow! those elephants look o real!

  17. Such a beautiful temple. looks a wonderful framework.

  18. Gary says:

    Great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  19. Bibi says:

    Very impressive elephants! Must do Thailand one day.

  20. Brilliant statues Indrani.

  21. That's very cool.

    I'm trying to fathom a faith and tradition that reveres elephants. I think I would like to experience that kind of world view.

  22. Looks like an interesting place…

  23. mysay.in says:

    beautiful…temple and the elephant is lively !!

  24. Thailand is a very nice place to visit…My relatives went there and they were all praising about Thailand…

  25. second shot see the garland in elephant trunk .. is it made in such way or have someone put it there ?.. nice shots and info 🙂

  26. This amazing old structure is really an engineering marvel.

  27. Hi Ankur, it is a garland of ral flowers. Some devotee must have put it there.

  28. good info and nyc temple!!

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