Kamphaeng Phet means ‘Diamond Wall.’ The city was named thus as it provided a fortress that repelled invaders from Burma and Lanna from approximately the 13th to the 18th century.
Kamphaeng Phet is missed by many visitors to Thailand; the relatively near, more famous, and very impressive Sukhothai Historical park draws far bigger crowds.
Yet, Kamphaeng Phet has an unhurried charm and peace and it feels as if the few tourists it does receive have barely altered the town at all.
These Buddha are from Wat Phra Kaeo, a Royal Temple. It is believed that the Wat was only used for very special occasions and therefore, unlike most Thai temples, it did not have monks living within its grounds.
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