"Wat Phra That Lampang Luang" Top 5 Page for this destination Lampang by CyrilHH

Lampang Travel Guide: 97 reviews and 319 photos

Lampang is located about one hour southeast of Chiang Mai, and makes for a pleasant stop over on your way to Sukhothai.

I did not visit the town proper which is renowned for its horse-pulled carriages as the main means of transportation.

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang is located a bit afield, about 18km southwest from the town (but can't be missed from the main road thanks to good signposting). It is one of the nicest and most revered temple compounds in Northern Thailand and worth a visit due to its striking setting on a hilltop and its well preserved state. When I visited there was a religious ceremony going on which was accompanied by extremely loud music (?) and prayers (?) from loudspeakers.

The inside of the Wat is quite charming due to the nicely oxydized greenish copper Chedi, a wihan with beautiful, if faded, gold paintings on wood and an array of old buddhas, as well as a number of strange looking white clay buddha (?) statues that are the object of much veneration and offerings (pork heads, fruit and flowers, see pix in Tips section).

Naga serpent garding the entrance

The naga serpent has special significance in Buddhism since it protected Buddha in his journeys.

This one was decorated with flowers on the occasion of a local festivity.

Detail of main Chedi with interesting flag

I liked these colorful animals. Took me ages to take the picture cos the wind was playing around a lot with the flag.

  • Last visit to Lampang: Nov 2003
  • Intro Updated Feb 4, 2004
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  • ukirsari's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2004 at 5:34 AM

    Lovely pictures, I like most is the chedi nearby padi [rice] field :)

  • AndreSTGT's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2004 at 8:01 AM

    Looks lovely! I've never been to Lampang, well, maybe next time.

  • awayhome's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2004 at 7:50 AM

    Beautiful countryside!!! great page on my country, seem like you have a good time there, happy travel=))))

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2004 at 4:37 PM

    What an interesting location with colorful information. Outstanding photographs.

  • pattayaraj's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2004 at 7:29 AM

    Thanks for dropping to my Lampang page, I think if you visit Lampang city ,you 'll love this peaceful place. I went there about 5 times and still fell in love with it. Don't miss for your next trip. ^_^

  • shellseeker's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2004 at 7:32 AM

    möchte wirklich mal dein reisebegleiter sein... ich glaub, wir würden uns gut ergänzen...

  • globerover's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2004 at 5:47 AM

    great to see a new page about Lampang here on VT;

CyrilHH

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