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The ancient Thai capital of Sukhothai, a name meaning dawn of happiness, was founded in the 13th century and became the kingdom's first capital — existing between the years of 1238 and 1438. During that time, the Sukhothai Dynasty saw nine kings reign, the best known of whom was the third, King Ramkhamhaeng, who has been credited with both the creation of the modern-day Thai alphabet and the introduction of Theravada Buddhism to Thailand.

At its apex, the Sukhothai Kingdom stretched over much of modern-day Thailand (excepting the northeast, much of which remained under the control of the Khmers). The territory was gained both by military campaigns as well as diplomacy, the latter of which King Ramkhamhaeng was seen to be a master of. This period is seen as a Thai golden age where the Thai arts and culture prospered under the reign of a series of benevolent rulers. Trade flourished, and, in a step that had important ramifications in Thailand's future ... Read our complete Sukhothai travel guide

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“Just as the body cannot exist without blood, so the soul needs the matchless and pure strength of faith.”-  Mohandas Gandhi Getting Lucky at Wat Sri Chum - Sukhothai, Thailand; Southeast Asia On the hoof Lunch Sukhothai, Thailand 47 51 48 49 50 46 40 45 31 30 23 37 33 27 25 26 29 36 32 28 22 34 35 21 Garland at Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Top of Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Standing Buddha, Wat Sa Si, Sukhothai Standing Buddha, Wat Trampoen Ngoen, Sukhothai The great hand at Wat Si Chum, Sukhothai Spires at Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Wat Trampoen Ngoen, Sukhothai Sitting Buddha, Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Moss on the great hand, Wat Si Chum, Sukhothai Seated Buddha, Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Wat Phra Si Rattana Si Satchanalai Moment Wat Chedi Ched Thaeo 1 Wat Chedi Chet Thaeo 2 Wat Khao Phanom Phloeng Wat Chang Lom 1 Wat Sopharam Sukhothai sukhothai07_040x sukhothai07_013x