Sukhothai Tourist Attractions :
Sukhothai Ramkhamhaeng National Museum
| Sukhothai, which literally means “Dawn of Happiness”, is one the most enchanting provinces in Thailand. It is located 427 kilometers north of Bangkok. This province was founded in the year 1238 and was once the capital of Thailand for approximately 120 years.
This fact is reiterated by the objects present in the Ramkhamhaeng National Museum, which is situated inside the Sukhothai Historical Park on highway 101 and it is one of the most interesting museums in Thailand. The museum was constructed in 1960 and was declared open to the public on January 25, 1964.
Managed under the administration of Thailand’s Fine Arts Department, Ramkhamhaeng National Museum houses some of the ancient remnants, art objects and antiques that were excavated from the ruins present in Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai Historical Parks.
Objects present inside the museum present a livid display of lifestyle, customs, traditions, cultural habits, beliefs and art styles that were in vogue among the people during the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya periods. While some of the items present in the museum are gathered from Sukhothai, there are also collections from the adjacent ancient towns of Kamphaeng Phet, Phetchabun and Phichit. Some of the objects have been collected by Phra Ratchaprasitthikhun, an ex-abbot of Ratchathani Temple. Some of the collections inside the museum include molding plaster sculptures about Buddhism that were obtained from Phra Phai Luang Temple and Mahadhatu temple, 13th century art sculptures made of Lop Buri art derived from Ta Pha Daeng Shrine and Sisawai Temple, and also various Buddha images from Ayutthaya and Sukhothai period.
Ramkhamhaeng National Museum in Sukhothai is open to public daily from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm except on Mondays, Tuesdays and on national holidays. Admission fee is 30 baht per person.