The ancient capital has been given Unesco Creative City status for its crafts and folk art and their enduring impact on Thai aesthetics.
Bangkok and Sukhothai have been added to the list of Unesco Creative Cities, a distinction for cities with creativity as core components of urban development, along with 64 other cities globally.
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Thailand has some 40,000 Buddhist temples and hundreds of ruins scattered throughout the country, showcasing the incredible architectural feats of both ancient and modern civilizations.
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A 13th c Thai capital, Sukhothai was the first independent kingdom. The name translates to “Dawn of Happiness,” indicating that the Sukhothai period is considered a “golden age” in Thailand’s history. During this era, the alphabet was created under King Ramkhamhaeng, setting the stage for artistic and intellectual developments.
Today, visitors can walk the ruins of this once great city, now a site protected by UNESCO and restored thanks to an initiative of the Thai King himself. Having historical significance and a variety of tourist attractions, Sukhothai is easily accessible by plane, bus, and train from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phitsanoluk, and Mae Sot.
1 Sukhothai Old City
This UNESCO World Heritage site stands as a testament to Thailand’s storied and colorful past. Nearly 200 temples were excavated and partly reconstructed.
The ‘Dawn of Happiness’ at World Heritage Site – Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet; DASTA
Twenty-six years after its World Heritage listing, the ‘Historical Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns’ has become an archaeological site of national significance, frequented by tourists who are drawn by the glorious past of the Sukhothai kingdom and the majestic, eternal beauty and charm of the Siamese arts. Visitors are guaranteed indulgence in the ultimate experience of the first capital city of Siam.
Visiting this gorgeous World Heritage Site, tourists can delve into the past, learn more about the origin of Thai civilisation and gain hands-on experience in, and direct exposure to, historical records, architectural and painting works and the traditional custom, traditions, wisdom and way of life as adopted and possessed by local residents.
DASTA to Promote Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet as Hub of Asian Cultural Tourism; ACN Newswire
BANGKOK, Aug 16, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – DASTA, the government agency which aims to develop sustainable tourism in Thailand, is seeking to promote the region of Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet in becoming a hub for cultural and heritage tourism in Asia, and a destination which will attract a greater number of higher-quality, foreign tourists to its magnificent sites, while enhancing the regional economy and local standards of living.
Col. Dr Narikatipak Saengsanit, DASTA’s Director-General, laid out his agency’s plans to transform Sukhothai and the Associated Towns into the heritage destination in Asia, highlighting some of the unique and stunning qualities of the region’s many archaeological sites, magnificently preserved, which form the origins of Thai culture, and the arts, and the pervasive sense of an ancient civilisation, which qualified the region for its UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites.
“Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration.” — Pat Conroy
The pursuit of happiness is a much-often debated topic and an endless obsession, especially in today’s modern society, where we seem to have it all, or at least have been led to believe that we can achieve or possess whatever we seek. I was not seeking happiness or the recipe for this elusive-but-much-coveted emotion. Yet, life has its way of delivering small packages of surprises. This is going to sound cliché, but a trip to Sukhothai in Thailand, known also as the Dawn of Happiness, has given me valuable lessons on the greatest joys in life.
Located somewhere between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Sukhothai is a small province nestled in the valley of Yom River, accompanied with mountainous forests.