Fah Thai Magazine Jan-Feb 2018

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OVERTURES

THAILAND TREASURES

When in

Sukhothai...

Sukhothai is a town known for its deep

roots in historical significance. As the

capital of the Sukhothai Kingdom, the

province located in the lower northern

part of Thailand promises a wide

array of mesmerising ancient sites

to discover. However, other valuable

discoveries this town has to offer go

beyond its historical aspects. There are

the genteel culture, a relaxed yet funloving

lifestyle, and culinary marvels

that leave a lasting impression. For a

true Sukhothai experience, consider our

must-dos while visiting the ancient capital.

Above

Phra Achana in the main hall of

Si Chum Temple. The story goes

that a “secret opening” enabled

a person to speak without being

seen. Innocent bystanders would

think it was the voice of Buddha

talking to them.

A VISIT TO SI CHUM TEMPLE

It is said that a person does not really

make it to Sukhothai unless respects are

paid to Phra Achana, the grand statue

of Buddha whose seated image is in the

“Subduing Mara” pose in the main hall of

Si Chum Temple.

PAYING RESPECT TO KING

RAMKHAMHAENG THE GREAT

King Ramkhamhaeng the Great ruled

Sukhothai Kingdom, a valiant sovereign

of the Kingdom of Thailand who was

bestowed the title “The Great” for his

abilities in war, politics, administration,

and religion. He is also known for

the Ramkhamhaeng Stele on which

the first Thai alphabet was inscribed.

His monument and statue is located

inside the central zone of Sukhothai

Historical Park.

CYCLING IN THE

HISTORICAL PARK

Cyclists can enjoy biking around

the Historical Park and noting the

admirable and exquisite details

of traditional architecture and art,

as well as learning about history.

Many forms of art and its disciplines

originated in Sukhothai, including

the fine arts in which the Kingdom’s

Buddhist sculptures see interpretation

in superb traditional aesthetics.

Conceptualisation of systematic urban

planning and the creation of the Thai

alphabet also began here.

JOIN A SANGKHALOK CERAMIC

WORKSHOP

Sangkhalok glazed ceramics are the

province’s most famous products, with

trademark features of scalloped rims

and bluish-green patterns, including

expressive figurines. Visitors can learn

to create and paint a Sangkhalok ware

of their own using unique colours,

lines and patterns as done by longago

potters.

➎ PAYING HOMAGE TO THE

STATUE OF “PHRA MAE YA”

(GRANDMOTHER GODDESS) AT

PHRA MAE YA SHRINE

Formerly located on Phra Mae Ya

Hill, the shrine has been re-located

to the front of the Sukhothai town

hall. The venue is believed to have

been constructed during the reign

of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great

in dedication to his mother, Princess

Sueang. The shrine is highly respected

by the people of Sukhothai and an

annual festival is held in her honour.

➏ A SPREE AMONG ANCIENT

SILVER AND GOLD AT

SI SATCHANALAI

When visiting Si Satchanalai, don’t miss

browsing through the wide array of intricate

works in gold and silver meticulously done

in the carefully-crafted Sukhothai style.

These elaborate masterpieces are created

by local artisans who have retained

the cherished styles that’s passed from

generation to generation.

➐ “KHAO PERB” TASTING

“Khao Perb”, or steamed rice flat

noodles with its assortment of fillings,

is the local dish found at Na Ton Chan

Village only. Khao Perb is made with

ground rice grains which are filtered

to create a thick, white rice cream. It

is later steamed on a thin muslin cloth,

resulting in a translucent skin which

serves as a wrap for tasty stuffing. This

cooking is done in the same manner

as another Thai favourite, Khao Kreab

Paak Mor. Assorted vegetables, like Kan

Song, ivy gourd, and star gooseberries

are then stuffed inside the rice flour

before being steamed. Once it is ready,

the rolls are served with hot broth and

a steamed egg.

➑ JUMP INTO A “KHOK MOO”

(PIGSTY) PICK-UP TRUCK

The colourful Khok Moo pick-up truck is

a fun choice for travellers who want to

experience the authentic lifestyle of the

Sukhothai people – simple, traditional and

gets you to the destination.

Clockwise from

Top Right

King

Ramkhamhaeng

Statue.

Intricate handiwork

of the Sukhothaistyled

jewellery.

The exterior of

Si Chum Temple.

The sublime

flavours of ‘Khao

Perb,’ a specialty

dish in Sukhothai.

JOURNEY OF SWEETS AT

BAAN GONG

With 40 years in the business of sweets

and desserts, “Khanom Phing Mae Tim”

(Thai mini cookies by Mae Tim) is best

known for the rich and delicious flavour

of their cookies distinctive through its

unique method of using a charcoal stove

for baking. As Mae Tim’s Khanom Phing

is a top-selling product, customers have

to queue up to purchase it. The bakery

also has the charming feature of being

known as “Khanom Phing Ngaem Pratoo

Khai” (mini cookies sold through the folding

door). Its popularity and large number of

customers result in the bakery minimising

the door opening to sell their products and

lessen crowding.

SUNSET TIME

A sunset at the Sukhothai Historical Park

is mandatory. Never to be missed, it’s the

gift of a lasting impression. A glimpse

of inspiring history outlined against the

coming of dusk envelopes spectators in

serenity – and the best way to end a trip

in Sukhothai.

For more information, contact the Tourism

Authority of Thailand, Sukhothai Office, at

+66 (0) 55 616 0228-9.

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