Cultural Profile: Lanna Kingdom, Heirs of Northern Thailand

A brief history of the Thai Lanna Kingdom, which inherited the Hariphunchai Buddhist tradition & prospered in northern Thailand for centuries.

The city of Chiang Mai in Thailand is often referred to at the capital of the north, a reference to its position as a large and historic city long-established in the northern region of the country. It’s an apt name, but not an entirely accurate one. Chiang Mai, like the historic cities of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya, was once the center of a wholly independent kingdom for most of its existence: The Kingdom of Lanna.

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My name is Ben. I’m a native Michigander with a passion for human culture and new places, and more than that, new experiences. I have degrees in writing and anthropology and have no idea what I want to do with them. For now, I’m content with an unbound lifestyle; going where I want and doing what I can, and hopefully gaining some interesting stories along the way.

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