SEPTEMBER 2022

World Heritage calendar September image: Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns (Thailand)

Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns

Thailand

The ancient art and architecture of Sukhothai and the nearby historic towns of Si Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet are artistic masterpieces. The distinctive "Sukhothai style" of the Buddhist monuments and sculptures was named after the capital of the first Kingdom of Siam in the 13th and 14th centuries - a golden age of peace and prosperity. While Sukhothai served as the political and administrative capital, Si Satchanalai was the spiritual center of the kingdom, and Kamphaeng Phet provided security for the kingdom's trading network. Linked by a major highway, the three towns were the cradle of Thai civilization - the birthplace of Thai art, architecture and language.