Thailand’s rich history dates back to thousands of years. The impressive landmarks we see today are remnants of the ancient temples and Buddhist architecture built by several emperors that ruled the country at the time. Thailand is a great place to visit especially if you’re a history enthusiast as you’ll get to see breathtakingly beautiful historical sites, some of which are preserved and recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
If you’re interested in exploring Thailand’s famous historical landmarks, let me walk you through some of Thailand’s frequently visited historical sites by tourists and travellers from around the world.
Phra Pathom Chedi
The picturesque ruins of the oldest Buddhist structure Phra Pathom Chedi is located in Nakhon Pathom. This Buddhist structure is said to have been built when Buddhism had just been introduced in Southeast Asia in the 3rd century BC. The Indian ruler at the time Asoka, sent out a community of monks to spread the new religion over large parts of Asia. This historical landmark is also revered by locals and history enthusiasts alike due to the relics of the Buddha that are enshrined at the Phra Pathom Chedi.
As the name suggests, the Khmer Temples were built in Thailand under the rule of the Khmer kingdom around ten centuries ago. You’ll be surprised to see how well-preserved the temples are even after 1000 years. Dozens of Khmer temples are scattered across Northern Thailand. While most of the temples are located in far flung areas less frequently visited by tourists, there are three well-preserved temples that are flocked by tourists all year round – Phanom Rung, Muang Tum and Phimai.