At the eastern end of Th Talat Kao is this lovely white bridge that crosses over the Mae Wang River. It was originally built during the reign of King Rama IV out of wood and reinforced concrete for celebrating the silver jubilee in Bangkok for King Rama V but tumbled down in 1915. It was then rebuilt using more reinforced concrete. There are four posts, 2 at each end, with decorative symbols in commemoration of King Rama V such as the royal garuda and royal hen.
Somehow, I think Si Rong Muang is the nicest of Burmese temples in Lampang, regarding the composition. It was founded in 1900 next to the river west of Lampang centre. Here you can see wonderful carvings upon the stairs and Burmese style vihara (which they started constructing in 1905) with overlapping roofs, red and yellow colored. Inside, Buddha images, ceiling and decorated pillars with floral patterns are probably the most remarkable elements of the temple.
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.
That's large and most famous of wats in Lampang province. It's placed in Ko Kha district about 2-3 km from Ko Kha town. Ko Kha itself is nearly 20 km from Lampang and to get there on your own you'd best take songthaew from Robwiang road (in front of Ka Fe restaurant). The temple is located on the elevated area and it's interesting Lanna style architecture with complex of religious buildings in the compound - the most important one being the central, open-sided wooden Nam Tam Viahra with two Buddha images and rows of heavy teak pillars. Phrathat Lampang Luang was built 1486 and believed to contain Buddhas relic (which gave name to the temple). Other outstanding features of the site are: large stairs which lead to the main entrace with carved arch, old mural paintings with with elephant and people in Nam Tam Vihara, the small altars and ox behind (symol of people born in the year of ox), golden chedi, man's room (no woman is allowed to enter here) and images/sculptures of reclining Buddha in side vihara. Another detail that may draw your attention is the white sculpture of a sitting fat man behind chedi with stressed black contours of eyes, wrapped in red. Behind it there's tree and large bare and colored sticks are laid upon its trunk. Those sticks I noticed laid on trunks of some other Lampang temples and I read somewhere that they're placed by Karen people for their new year.
Ban Sao Nak, a teak house on 116 wooden pillars is one of the most important non-religious buildings in Northern Thailand. Its architecture is mix of Lanna/Northern Thai (roof, shape) and Burmese styles (veranda) and was built in 1895 by Mong Chan Ong Chandraviroj from Mon state, Burma. Necessary renovation works were done between 1964 and 1974 to keep the house from falling apart and newer materials were added to support the pillars and wooden floor of terrace was replaced by tiles but that didn't change much original look of the house. Actually, repair works here had been done very carefully.In the yard there is garden with large 133 old sarapee tree and carefully grown grass in front of the mansion.
Ban Sao Nak is nowsadays a private museum with nicely arranged exhibition of antiques (like silverware, dishes, handicrafts, suvenirs from owners trips abroad and books, furniture...) throughout upper rooms. People still live there but welcome visitors and small fee is collected (50 THB) upon entry - which comes with 'welcome' drink and snacks.
Open everyday from 10.00 am - 5 pm.
That's another nice Burmese temple in Lampang. One of the most captivating features of Pa Fang is large preaching hall made of wood upon which there's typical overlapping roof - style of which Burmese temples are famous for. Pay attention to it - it's nice one. Compound has large green garden with birds,trees and flowering bushes which makes very pleasant setting and it actually makes you want to rest there in shade (and with company of a few temple dogs which aren't looking that friendly). Golden chedi next to the preaching hall is supposed to contain Holy relics.
It's the largest Burmese temple in Thailand built by Kyaung Daga U Yo in 19th century. First constructions were wooden, laters they used bricks; works were completed in 1901 with help of Mandalay and Northern Burmese carpenters. Fire in 1990ies destroyed some parts of the buildings but it's now nicely restored. It used to be surrounded by bodhi or banyan trees (which means 'si chum' in Lanna language) in past. There are ordination hall for monks, golden stupa and dining room in the compound and nice yard in shade of trees. Behind the temple there is rectangular pond with hungy catfish and a few hens and cocks. One of the nicest temples in Lampang.
It's real a good place to see elephants. You pay to see elephants and you help them. This is special if you like these wonderful animals. Elephant show: 10.00 am, 11.00 am, 1.30 pm. Elephant riding 8.00 am - 3.30 pm. Elephant bathing 9.45 am, 1.16 pm. There are some bungalows and a mahouth training school. You may spend here a day feeding and admiring elephants. Here there is an hospital and the place is not directed only for tourstic pourpose.
Sao means 20 . Chedi Sao means 20 chedis which located in temple. The legend described that all chedi housed hair relic of 2 great monks who came to this area. Formerly,this temple used to be ruin where had a group of chedis. In 2466 B.E. Chao Bunyavatyavongsamanitya was the leader in reconstuction all chedis and finished in 2467 B.E.
Must see and do in this temple:
- Make a holy to Sean Sae buddha image. The golden buddha image which is so beautiful and worthiness.This image was found in the rice field by lcao farmer in 2526 B.E. ,then they brought to housed in Viharn.
- Counting chedi. If you can count all in 20 , you 'll get a boon or virtue. All chedis was built and decorated in Burmese style.
-Visit Kelang Nakorn Museum. Open 8.30-16.00 hrs. This museum situated in the 2nd floor of one building in the back side of temple.It exhibits amulets,Buddha images,Mints and banknotes,old pictures,..
Or so called Wat Bon or a former name Wat Chiang Phum.Located near the Lampang city gate in second period named Chiang Mai gate. Pong Sanuk seems to be a name that people who invaded from Chiang Saen gave when they relocated at Lampang in 2346 BE.
Interesting things in the temple : Main Chedi with fully Lanna Composition as you can see the chedi together with fence and small houses surrounded, The wooden Prasart or Mondop which housed 4 Buddha image faced to 4 cardinal points,Temple gate,... This temple also counted as a good example of Lanna temple plan.
This small temple located in Vieng Nue village. I found this temple after I finished a walking tour to Phra Kaew Don Tao temple and Ban Sa Nak. The significant thing 's Viahrn where built in Local Lanna style where 's hard to see nowaday. This style have a low base support viharn. On the pediment,doors,windows and roof supporters decorated with wood carving which 're so delicated.The area of this temple 's so greenery and peaceful.
This temple still have Burmese monks and some used to be the abbot.The most interesting in this temple is Viharn with mixed style of Burmese and Western Art. The significant thing is pediment which decorated with colourful glass as the pcitures of rabbit,peacock and also decorated with wood carving.
The biggest burmese temple in Thailand. This temple was built in the reign of King Rama V by wood merchant who came to Lampang for wood concession with English company.Originally,this temple had some Bodhi tree which derived to the name of this temple "Sri" from Sri Maha Bhodhi. And Chum came from gathering or many. Some interesting things 're :
-Viharn (yellow building) with multi tiered roofs.Built in Burmese style and decorated with finest wood carving. At the entrance of viharn located the most beautiful wood carving. This building was once destroyed by fire ,luckily some wooden crafts 're still in well kept and represented in a small museum .
-Ubosot with multi tiered roofs with 5 spires,inside housed Burmese Buddha image.Built in 2444 B.E. All the decoration in this building 're colourful mirror and wood carving.
-Chedi or Thaat with the mixed style of Lanna and Burmese.This chedi housed the great relic of Buddha which brought from Burma in 2449 B.E.
This temple also opened as holiday school for students.
Former named Ta-Kraw Noi Burma temple.It's one Burmese style temple where built in 2488 B.E. by 1 Burmese couple. The important building 're a group of 9 viharns with multi tiered roofs and decorated with wood carving and iron ,inside decorated with colourful glass .All 're in Burmese style. Inside a big viharn housed the principal Buddha image in Burmese style and also represented some antiques which 's hard to find for now. Other interesting buildings 're Ubosot or ordination hall in Western style,Chedi and wooden monk toilet.
A Burmese temple where still operates under a Burmese abbot.This temple was built in 2435 B.E. in the reign of King Rama V by one Burmese who came to Lampang for wood bussiness.The interesting buildings 're : the ordination hall - with mixed style of Colonial and Burmese architecture and fully decorated with colour glass and wood carving. Inside housed some Burmese Buddha images, a group of chedis - built and decorated in Burmese style. Here is one peaceful and greenery temple in Lampang.