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Overview of Lampang

Although Lampang Province was inhabited as far back as the 7th century in the Dvaravati period, legend says Lampang city was founded by the son of Hariphunchai’s Queen Chama Thewi, playing an important part in the history of the Hariphunchai Kingdom (8th to 13th centuries).

Like Chiang Mai, Phrae and other older northern cities, Lampang was built as a walled rectangle alongside a river (in this case Mae Wang). At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries Lampang, along with nearby Phrae, became an important centre for the domestic and international teak trade. A large British-owned timber company brought in Burmese supervisors familiar with the teak industry in Burma to train Burmese and Thai loggers in the area. These well-paid supervisors, along with independent Burmese teak merchants who plied their trade in Lampang, sponsored the construction of more than a dozen impressive temples in the city. Burmese and Shan artisans designed and built the temples out of local materials, especially teak. Their legacy lives on in several of Lampang’s best-maintained wats.

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Wat Si Rong Meuang

Wat Si Rong Meuang

Wat Si Rong Meuang, on Th Thakhrao Noi, and Wat Si Chum, on Th Thipawan, were built in the late 19th century by Burmese artisans. The temple buildings are constructed in the Burmese 'layered' style, with tin roofs gabled by intricate woodcarvings.

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Wat Chedi Sao

Wat Chedi Sao

Located about 6km north of town, via Th Pamaikhet, this temple is named for the sow (northern Thai for 20) whitewashed Lanna-style chedi on its grounds. But the wát's real treasure is a solid-gold, 15th-century seated Buddha on display in a glassed-in pavilion, ...

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Chae Son National Park

Chae Son National Park

In Amphoe Meuang Pan, about halfway between Wang Neua and Lampang, Chae Son National Park . Elevations in the park reach above 2000m. Jae Sawn has six drops, each with its own pool; close to the falls are nine hot springs. Small huts house circular baths, recessed ...

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Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

About 18km to the southwest of Lampang, Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, in the village of Ko Kha, is a beautiful wooden Lanna temple with walls like a medieval castle, and is one of the oldest standing structures in the country. To get here, catch an eastbound sorngtaaou ...

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Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao

Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao

From 1436 to 1468, this wát was among four in northern Thailand to previously house the Emerald Buddha (now in Bangkok's Wat Phra Kaew). The main chedi shows Hariphunchai influence, while the adjacent mon·dòp (the small square, spired building in a wat) was ...

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