I’m currently in Thailand now, looking up some research for my thesis and with any luck I’ll be the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya today. On that related note, the other ancient Thai capital (considered the “first” Thai capital in fact) Sukhothai is the subject of a newly launched website by UNESCO and the Thai Fine Arts Department.
UNESCO and Fine Arts Department to Launch New Website for Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet
UNESCO World Heritage news, 27 March 2008
The website not only features Sukhothai, but also the boundary sites of Si Satchanalai andd Kamphaeng Phet.
Visitors to Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet will now be able to click onto a new website to get information about historic monuments, nearby attractions and visitor facilities at this World Heritage site.
The site of Sukhothai and Associated Towns was inscribed onto the World Heritage List in 1991 and is one of Thailand’s five World Heritage sites. Few, however, realize that the boundary of the site encompasses not only Sukhothai, but also Si Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet.
I’ll be updating the links to the Sukhothai site in our resources section (where you can also find other great links to other sites pertaining to Southeast Asia), and you can visit the new site by clicking here. You can also check out the UNESCO World Heritage page for Sukhothai here.
– Ancient Sukhothai: Thailand’s Cultural Heritage by D. F. Rooney
– Ancient Capitals of Thailand by E. Moore, P. Stott and S. Suriyavudh
– Ayutthaya and Sukhothai: World Heritage – Reflections Of The Past (2 Volume Boxed Set)
– Art of Sukhothai by C. Stratton and M. Scott
– Thailand: A Short History
– A glossarial index of the Sukhothai inscriptions (Discussion paper – Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)
– Stone Inscriptions of Sukhothai