This colossal Buddha image was constructed during the 13 century. It is an example of the great flowering of Thai art and culture that occurred in the first Siamese kingdom. The city was destroyed by the Burmese in the 14th century, when its inhabitants were slaughtered or carried off as slaves. Since then this image has gazed out from the ruins over the fields of Suchothai. Paradoxically, the hand is raised in the blessing of peace.