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Sukhothai

The development of Sukhothai into a dominant city in 1238 is considered to be the birth of the first Thai Kingdom when the Thais began to rival the Khmers who had ruled the area for centuries. In the years following the emergence of Sukhothai, the Thai kingdom flourished militarily, culturally and architecturally. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was once a flourishing walled city surrounded by two moats and bridged by four gateways. Twenty one historical sites can still be seen within the walls including lotus-strewn ponds, chedis, wats, pagodas and serene Buddha statues influenced by Khmer and Hindu architecture and art.

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