Sukhothai, Thailand

Sukhothai, Thailand

Sukhothai, Thailand

The Sukhothai Historical Park is something to behold. With 193 ruins scattered across 70 square kilometres the place is testament to the might of a fallen empire. The Sukhothai kingdom had once expanded across almost all of modern-day Thailand, before being swallowed up by the Ayuthain state, and is still viewed as a golden age of Thai culture.

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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 50 49 47 48 51 46 45 40 22 36 27 37 23 25 30 31 29 34 26 28 24 35 33 32 21 Standing Buddha, Wat Sa Si, Sukhothai Garland at Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai The great hand at Wat Si Chum, Sukhothai Wat Trampoen Ngoen, Sukhothai Standing Buddha, Wat Trampoen Ngoen, Sukhothai Spires at Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Top of Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Seated Buddha, Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Moss on the great hand, Wat Si Chum, Sukhothai Sitting Buddha, Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Wat Chedi Chet Thaeo 2 Wat Phra Si Rattana Si Satchanalai Moment Wat Khao Phanom Phloeng Wat Chang Lom 1 Wat Sopharam Wat Chedi Ched Thaeo 1 Sukhothai sukhothai07_033x sukhothai07_051x