Who was Khruba Siwichai? All Lanna Thai people will readily tell you. He is perhaps the most famous monk who ever lived in Northern Thailand. Born in the south of Lamphun province, he dedicated his life to the development of the living conditions and the spiritual advancement of the Lanna Thai people. Therefore he is considered a saint and the pride of his hometown Lamphun. He lived from 1878 to 1938.
Another monument of Khruba Siwichai can be found at the foot of Doi Suthep. Khruba Siwicha initiated the construction of the road leading to the temple on Doi Suthep.
For a biography see: http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-771707_ITM
Directions: The statue stands on an elevation at the south side of road #11 from Lamphun to Lampang, just beyond the town border. If you come from Lamphun you have to make a U-turn to reach it.
Approaching Lamphun from the north along road #1147 we drove to through flat country except for a lone hill on our left, close to the provincial border. From afar the shining white chedi on top of the hill attracted attention. This was the Doi Hang Bat pagoda.
It is not known when the pagoda was built. The name Hang Bat refers to the story that Lord Buddha once visited the hill before going out to gather alms. In the local dialect Hang Bat means preparing one's alms bowl. A deep hole in the rock in front of the chedi would be a trace of Lord Buddha's alms bowl.
A short path leads from the pagoda to an iron tower from which one has a good view over the plains to the northwest. Half way up the road to the pagoda we saw a newly built Chinese chapel with a statue of bodhisattva Kuan Yin.
Directions: From Lamphun take road 1147 past Ban Thi until the hill is in sight. Turn into the narrow road that leads to and up the hill.
Lamphun is also well knowned for amulets collection call " Pra Rod".
Thai people belive that powerful amulet can protect Bad Magic and Dangerous from Evil. Protecting oneself from Harm and securing good Fortune in Business affairs to the Owner.
The oldest amulet is more powerful then it's more expensive.. some of them is incredible price..
On weekends, a group of children play traditional music instruments. They sit quietly under a tree by the main bot.