The traditional buildings all made of teak trees are more than hundred years old.
The owner is a beautiful young girl (born in 1978-79) and now studies in England.
She donates the ticket fee to the poor and the sick. There sells local snacks, rice cookies. We love the natural taste very much.
4 bags 100 THB only.
Out of town but worth a visit.
One of the major attractions in the area of Lampang is the temple complex of Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. It is a place of huge religious and historical significance to the Thais, and includes what is believed to be the oldest standing wooden structure in the country, the Wihan Luang. There are numerous other interesting structures in the complex, and when I visited Thais outnumbered tourists by a considerable margin. There were various school groups and tour parties in evidence. If you are making your own way as I did on a scooter (an easy ride) the carpark is on the left of the complex as you look at the front of it.
Even as you enter the complex, you are steeped in history, as the gateway is believed to date from the 15th century. Walking up the few steps you are propelled into a veritable smorsgabord of history and religion, it is instantly impressive.
One of the more interesting buildings here is the Haw Phra Phuttabaht, a small structure. You ascend a fairly steep set of steps, duck into a very small door and you are treated to a view of the main wat projected, camera obscura style, onto a white bedsheet. It is simple but effective given the sunlight the day I visited. For reasons I never managed to ascertain, only men are allowed into this particular building.
Another building of note is the Wihan Nam Taem, to the North of the main chedi, which has some very fine murals, believed to be amongst the oldest extant in Thailand and dating from the 16th century.
If you make your way out of the Southern gate (the one on the left side of the complex as you enter the front) there are several other small wats and a museum, although this was closed the day I visited and looked like it had been for a while. Another small wat here is called the "House of the Emerald Buddha" and it serves as a sort of museum with a selection of old banknotes and coins, and various historical artefacts from the region.
Although I am not particularly fond of the phrase, I would have to say this is a "must see" for any visitor to the city.
There is another local custom here which I had not seen before. Much is made in Buddhist thinking about giving donations for the upkeep of temples, building new ones etc. and in many places I have had my name painted on walls or noticeboards as having given a donation. It is slightly contrary to the European way, where many benfactors to the Church like to remain anonymous. There is a slight twist on the theme here. They have laid out on trestles longish tree branches, stripped of bark, and for a donation (not necessarily much by Western standards)much) you write your name on one of them with the provided felt tip pen. I was somewhat confused as to what the branches were used for, but when I went outside the main complex it appears they are used to hold up the sagging branches of the very old and sacred Bo trees. A very practical way of "supporting" the religion, I thought.
Near the town of Ko Kha approximately 18 km. Southwest of Lampang. I went there under my own steam although you can hire a taxi from Lampang or go by public transport fairly inexpensively.
Guidebooks mention the Lanna Museum within the complex of Wat Phra Keow Don Tao, included in the ticket price of that Wat, although at the time of my visit in December 2009 the place was closed. I made enquiries of a member of staff there and he told me that some Government official had decided for no apparent reason that most of the artefacts previously housed there would be better off in Bangkok, which is where they were taken. This caused some apparent resentment amongst the citizenry of Lampang although it seems nothing can be done, and there is currently no projected date when, or even if, they will be returned. The photograph shows the slightly forlorn sight of the closed museum.
Largest of it's kind.
Of the 31 Burmese style temples in Thailand, Wat Sri Chum is the largest and it is indeed an impressive structure. The building itself is obviously in the Burmese style as are the images inside. The construction is half brick and half wood in the castle style.
Inside are several very interesting murals depicting the life of the Buddha.
You owuldn't know it to look at it now but the temple was relatively recently (1992) partially destroyed by fire, with the restorations taking seven years, and a very fine job they have done of it. This place is probably less visited that the Suchadaram complex but it is well worth a visit.
Wat Pra Tu Pong
There are some wonderful wood carvings of doors and windows of Pra Tu Pong temple and it's altogether nice, serene place with a few visitors (or none in a rainy day). It's built in Lanna architecture style, with vihara about 100 years old. See also small Buddha statues in the niches of white stupa behind the temple.