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Thailand Historical Parks

  • Thailand has ten Historical Parks administered by the Thailand National Government through the Department of Fine Arts, a Division of the Ministry of Education. These are historical monuments of major significance in Thailand's history and as such are also major tourist attractions.
These are;
  1.   Sukhothai Historical Park , Sukhothai Province. 
  2.   Ayutthaya Historical Park , Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya Province. 
  3.   Phanom Rung Historical Park , Buriram Province. 
  4.   Sri Thep Historical Park , Phetchabun Province. 
  5.   Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park, Phetburi Province. 
  6.   Sri Satchanalai Historical Park , Sukhothai Province. 
  7.     Phimai Historical Park , Nakhon Ratchasima Province. 
  8.   Muang Sing Historical Park , Kanchanaburi Province. 
  9.   Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park , Kamphaeng Phet Province. 
  10.   Phu Phra Bat Historical Park , Udonthani province.



Muang Tam Historical Park


Four Thailand Historical Parks are also World Heritage Sites as list by UNESCO and another two are nominated to be also listed.

  • The four Thailand Heritage Parks which are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites are, Sukhothai Historical Park, Si Satchanalai Historical Park, Khampheng Phet Historical Park and Phimai Historical Park. The new nominations for nomination are Phu Phra Bat Historical Park and Phonom Rung Historical Park. Each is a major tourist location worthy of all tourists to travel to.



Nakhon Kiri Historical Park


About Thailand's Historical Parks

Sukhothai Historical Park , Sukhothai Province.
  • The 13th C fortified city of Sukhothai is a World Heritage Site as nominated by UNESCO. This together with the adjoining ancient wiang cities of Si Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet are major tourist attractions in Thailand.
  • Today what remains of these three cities are the remains of city moats and walls, ruins (monuments) in brick and laterite of palaces and monasteries, lakes and waterways and military ramparts.
  • Sukhothai Historical Park covers 70 square Kilometers with 193 ruins.
Ayutthaya Historical Park , Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya Province.
  • Ayutthaya Historical Park is the ruins of the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam. It is the site of mass murder, rape and enslavement of Siamese people and destruction of the Ayutthaya city, its art and buildings by the Burmese in 1767. This destruction reshaped Thailand and the Thai nation as we know them today.
  • Ayutthaya Historical Park is the most important tourist site for Thailand tourism outside Bangkok in Central Thailand. Ayutthaya is a one hour drive north from Bangkok. Also close for tourism are the ancient city of Lop buri and the Summer Palace.
  •  Ayutthaya was founded in 1350 by King Ramathibodi (U Thong) and remained the capital of The Kingdom of Siam for 417 years until it was destroyed by the Burmese invaders in 1767. Ayutthaya is important as it was the centre of the Ayutthaya Kingdom for 417 years, the creative centre for the Ayutthaya style of art, the defining kingdom in Southeast asia and the start for the subsequent Bangkok Empire which was later founded by the survivors of the Burmese sacking.
Phanom Rung Historical Park   , Buriram Province. 
  • Phanom Rung Historical Park is mounted on a volcanic hill 1,257 feet high in Buri Ram Province and is perhaps the most beautiful and important of the Khmer sites in Thailand.
  • The location was originally a main stopping centre on the ancient Angkor Thom to Phimai laterite road. Built in the 12 C it was dedicated to the Hindu God, Shiva, the supreme Hindu Deity.
  • The design of the complex on the hill is intended to symbolise Mount Kailasa, the Indian heavenly residence of Shiva. The main tower is 23 meters tall and 9.5 meters wide and is made of pink sandstone.
  • It is understood that the complex was originally a palace and the buildings were designed to house elephants.