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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 49 48 50 51 45 46 25 24 35 28 37 32 34 33 31 23 29 30 26 22 36 27 21 Standing Buddha, Wat Trampoen Ngoen, Sukhothai Wat Trampoen Ngoen, Sukhothai Top of Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai The great hand at Wat Si Chum, Sukhothai Standing Buddha, Wat Sa Si, Sukhothai Spires at Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Garland at Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Sitting Buddha, Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Moss on the great hand, Wat Si Chum, Sukhothai Seated Buddha, Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Wat Khao Phanom Phloeng Wat Chedi Chet Thaeo 2 Si Satchanalai Moment Wat Chedi Ched Thaeo 1 Wat Chang Lom 1 Wat Sopharam Wat Phra Si Rattana Sukhothai sukhothai07_035x sukhothai07_051x