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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 50 47 48 51 49 40 45 46 31 24 35 26 36 22 34 32 29 37 27 23 30 33 25 21 Standing Buddha, Wat Sa Si, Sukhothai Standing Buddha, Wat Trampoen Ngoen, Sukhothai Spires at Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Garland at Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai The great hand at Wat Si Chum, Sukhothai Top of Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Wat Trampoen Ngoen, Sukhothai Seated Buddha, Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Sitting Buddha, Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Moss on the great hand, Wat Si Chum, Sukhothai Wat Phra Si Rattana Wat Chedi Ched Thaeo 1 Wat Chang Lom 1 Wat Sopharam Wat Khao Phanom Phloeng Wat Chedi Chet Thaeo 2 Si Satchanalai Moment Sukhothai sukhothai07_056x sukhothai07_021x