Wat Mahathat #2
Explored on February 4, 2012 #193
Sukhothai Historical Park
Situated in the heart of the city, is the most important temple as the principle temple of Sukhothai. This significant temple comprises the mai chedi (stupa), assembly halls (vihãra), mandapa, an ordination hall (Ubosatha) and 200 subordinate chedis.
The main chedi has the graceful shape of a lotus bud, which characterizes the art of Sukhothai. Surrounded by 8 chedis, the four at the corner belong to the Hariphunchai - Lanna style and the four in between have Prang-shaped chedes, which were in lunched by the Khmer art. The base of the main chedi is decorated with relief-stucco of 168 Buddhist disciples walking with their hands clasped together in salutation. At both sides of the main chedi is situated with two standing Buddha images called Attharot, 12 meters in height. There is a huge bronze Buddha image or golden Buddha image in stone inscription No.1 enshrine in the royal vicar in front of the main chedi. This image was removed to Suthat temple in Bangkok by King Rama I and it was later named Phra Sakkayammuni.
[taken from their introduction]