Like in many places in Thailand, the views on a temple or monument over the tenderly green rice fields are very soothing to the eye. Driving around by car, I was often tempted to pull over and snap a pic. And then, 150 m further, another one from another ankle...
This group of Buddha statues can be found in Wihan Nam Tam, a beautiful wooden structure from the 16th century. The Buddhas are in a picturesque state of decay which looks good on film but may not last much longer.
The Wihan is located on the right hand side of the site, behind the side entrance.
On this picture of the interior of Wihan Nam Tam you can see the exquisite gold ornaments on the columns and walls.
The most beautiful wall paintings date back to the 16th century and depict scenes from every day life and so-called Jataka stories (from the life of Buddha). I did not take a picture of those since the light in that corner was so bad and I wasnt sure about using a flash.
Here you see a full view of the main Chedi which - as the name Phra That suggests - contains relics of the Lord Buddha.
The Chedi is particularly nice, as much of the Wat as a whole, due to its charming state of corrosion. It comes in all tones that copper can take when exposed to the elements. And wrapped in the huge orange sash it is bound to fulfill your every Thai quaintness standard to the fullest.
See pictures below for the red clad statue in the front.
Talad Kao road was plaza and market place in the past . This commercial historic area was the center of old houses and shophouses. Some decorated with carved wood which 's so beautiful and delicate. For anyone who enjoy to see architecture,I think this road 's interesting.
Ban means house. Sao Nak means many pillars. So you can see 116 pillars in this house. It's a Northern Thai mixed with Burmese style houses where was built from teak in 2438 B.E. in the reign of King Rama V. This house owned by rich person who have Burmese race.It's the symbol of Lampang where used to be wealthy in forest in the past.Nowadays, It open as private museum exhibits a big collection on Northern stuffs with a feeling of visitting the owner house. And don't forget to visit a rice storage in the North side of area.It's beautiful one.
Open 8.00am. - 5.00 pm. Everyday.
Admission fee 30 THB/person
There's a service for Khan Toke or Lanna style food party.
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,..
I suppose, technically speaking, Baan Sao Nak is a museum, although it really does not feel like that. The name literally means "House of many pillars" and that is exactly what it is, supported by 116 of the things, although the ravages of time have dictated that they are now strengthened by concrete supports. The building was erected in 1895 by one Mong Chan Ong Chandraviroj, who was a wealthy teak producer brought in from Burma due to his expertise in the field.
The structure itself is a mix of Lanna (Northern Thai) and Burmese styles. It would be worth visiting for the structure alone, but the inside is an absolute treasure trove. It is not so much like entering a museum as entering the half-abandoned home of your grandparents. The exhibits are eclectic to say the least. 1920's gramophones sit alongside old hunting trophies, aged telephones and photos of the former residents graduating from University. It really does feel as if you are intruding slightly on someone's family history.
The nature of the architecture is such that, because of the teak pillars, as above, the building has an open area underneath, and this is used for formal lunches and dinners. The owners are very proud of the fact that in 1979 Crown Princess Mahachakri Sirinthorn, who lunched there. Such is the reverence of the Thai peole for the Royal Family that this is a very big deal.
Adjacent to, and more or less in the same complex as, Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao is the much smaller but equally attractive Wat Suchadaram, and like so many religious structures in Southeast Asia this place has a nice if somewhat gruesome legend attached to it.
In the early 1800's an old lady called Mae Suchada, for whom the temple is named, had a melon patch here. One day she came upon an oddly shaped melon and presented it as a gift to a passing monk, despite there being a great famine at the time. Upon opening the melon, the monk found a large emerald which Mae Suchada, with the help of a little divine intervention, helped him to shape into a Buddha image. The locals were somewhat suspicious that the relationship between monk and melon farmer was not quite wholesome and promptly beheaded the poor woman, thereby precipitating another famine. Realising they had probably made a none too shrewd move, the erected the wat in memory of the old woman who they now realised was favoured by the Gods.
The 20 baht entrance ticket for Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao (see seperate tip) also covers this wat. Again, a mobility impaired visitor could have reasonable views of the outside but there is no apparent disabled access to the buiding itself. Open daily from 0700 - 1800.
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 Phra That Lampang Luang is one of the most spectacular wats in Thailand and was, indeed, one of my favourites. Set atop a small hill around 20km from Lampang, it dates back to 1476 and is believed to be one of the oldest wooden buildings in Thailand. The central viharn is open-sided and held up by two rows of massive teak pillars. The murals within remain in reasonably good condition and tell stories from court life. The wat is home to two important Buddha images, Phra Jao Lan Tang, which was cast in 1563 and is enclosed in a golden mondop towards the rear of the viharn and Phra Jao Tan Jai, which sits behind it. Also behind the viharn is a very big 24-metre high chedi that dates back to 1449. The entire complex is surrounded by a high brick wall and the main entrance is via a large staircase, the arch of which is topped by beautiful and intricately carved lintels depicting intertwined dragon heads dating to the 15th century. The complex also includes a few museums which are worthy of a visit.
I liked the whitewashed but colorfully adorned guardian statues at the entrance of the Chedi which I didn't see elsewhere in Thailand.
The "Phra That" in the name of the wat suggests that the Chedi contains relics of the Lord Buddha
Located on a hill surrounded with local community. Originally,this area was an ancient buddhist city called Lampha Kappa Nagara and Lampang Luang temple was the most sacred temple. This temple have a long history together with Lampang city
Some interesting things are : Viharn Lunag housed Lanthong Buddha image which is still found in golden nich inside this viharn. Viharn Namtam where have a mural painting inside.The Chedi housed the great relic.And temple gate with a beautiful and delicated Lanna stucco.
Not just building ,I can see some Lanna tradition inside this temple. Such as the donation of cow miniature statues for chedi ,cause this chedi is the sacred chedi of people wh born in Cow year.Fortune telling by measuring on a wood. And some tradition ,if you visit there on local occasion.
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.
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.