“Just as the body cannot exist without blood, so the soul needs the matchless and pure strength of faith.”- Mohandas Gandhi

“Just as the body cannot exist without blood, so the soul needs the matchless and pure strength of faith.”-  Mohandas Gandhi

“Just as the body cannot exist without blood, so the soul needs the matchless and pure strength of faith.”- Mohandas Gandhi


“Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.”
- Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Listening is the beginning of prayer.”
- Mother Teresa

“To be present is to be prayerful.”
- Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

The ancient Thai capital of Sukhothai (translated means “dawn of happiness”) was the first capital of Siam founded by King Ramkhamhaeng during the 13th Century. The province's temples and monuments have been restored and is now the Sukhothai Historical Park and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The beautiful temple of Wat Sri Chum features a large Buddha that is framed perfectly by the temple entrance. These two Buddhists monks not only give a sense of scale of the enormity of the Buddha but of their soulful sense of their faith.

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Read more about Sukhothai

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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