HISTORIC TOWN OF SUKHOTHAI AND ASSOCIATED
HISTORIC TOWNS, THAILAND
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Domestic Visitors: 625,935
International Visitors: 176,483
Total Visitors: 802,418 (2015)
Situated in lower northern Thailand, Sukhothai translates as "the dawn of happiness", and was the capital of the first Kingdom of Siam in the 13th and 14th centuries.
As its name above suggests, the Sukhothai World Heritage site consists of a number of properties, namely the three closely related properties of Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet.
Sukhothai was the political and administrative capital during the Kingdom of Siam. Si Satchanalai was its spiritual centre with its numerous temples and Buddhist monasteries and was also the centre of the kingdom's ceramic industry. Kamphaeng Phet, located at the kingdom’s southern frontier, had important military functions to protect the kingdom from foreign intruders and provide security for the kingdom’s extensive trading network.