Wat Si Chum, Sukhothai, Thailand

The wats of Sukhothai historical park is scattered over a large area. So there are chances that you may miss out visiting some of the beautiful wats which are at a distance from the main enclosure. Wat Si Chum is one such wat in the northwest part of the old city of Sukhothai. As you read this you can check the various flight schedules to Bangkok. Distance is approx. 400kms from Bangkok to Sukhothai. Early birds get the cheapest airfare! Once you are there don’t forget to visit Wat Si Chum, because of its location it is one of the most missed wat. Either tourists forget or because of poor planning they run out of time.

Wat Si Chum which means ‘the temple of Bodhi tree’ has a huge 15m seated Buddha image made of brick and stucco. The statue is surrounded by a huge wall with just a narrow slit in front of the image. This structure of 13th century had a roof which unfortunately has disappeared with time. This form of Buddha is known as Phra Acana, meaning ‘one who is not frightened’. The calmness the statue radiates is contagious! I spent some quite moments here.

One striking feature of this statue is the right hand, its long fingers made so delicately looks as if they extend down to summon Earth Goddess! Many devotees cover the hand with thin sheets of gold. According to legend, a Burmese army invading Sukhothai fled at the sight of this image!

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