Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

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Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang the beautiful temple is 20 kilometres to the southwest of town in Ko Kha district.

The first element, prathat, means Buddha relic (from phra meaning monk and that meaning essence). The second element, Lampang, is the name of a location in Thailand. the third element, luang, means great. Altogether, a loose translation is Temple of Lampang’s Great Buddha Relic.

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

The temple is said to enshrine a relic of the Buddha. Such relics are typically bones and ashes believed to be gathered after the Buddha’s cremation. The relic is installed in the main chedi of the temple.

History behind is that there are several bullet holes on the railing of the temple, reputed to be fired by legendary folk hero Nan Thipchang, and ancestors of the House of Chao Ched Ton (Seven Princes) which ruled Lanna as a Siamese Vassal during the Thonburi and Early-Mid Ratanokosin eras.In the early 18th century, the Burmese troops took over the temple and used it as a camp. The temple remained to the Burmese until a local fighter named Thippachak rose in arms against them with 300 men and killed the Burmese commander, Tao Maha Yot. The Thai fighters infiltrated the monastery via a water channel in the rear.
So Bullet holes from the battle can still be seen on the railings.

A paradigm of temple building of Lanna. The temple itself is prominently sited on a hillock surrounded by wall. The entrance arches, called Pratu Khong, is adorned with fine plaster designs. The wall-less main Vihan houses a bronze Buddha statue called the Phra Chao Lan Thong. To the back is a golden Chedi in Lanna architectural style containing a Holy Relic. Also in the back is another Vihan with beautiful murals on wooden walls, said to be the oldest in the North. The temple also has a large collection of ancient wooden utensils.

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

The temple buildings seen today were built in the fifteenth century. Unlike most temples in Thailand, which have been renovated or designed to conform to a more modern look of how a Thai temple should be, Wat Phra That’s popularity comes from the fact that most of the temple buildings have remained in its original state. The courtyard is still filled with sand, and the huge main viharn (prayer hall) is still open on all sides.
To gain entrance inside the temple, you must first pass a pair of guardian lions and climb the naga serpent stairway up to the massive main gate. The first building you’ll come across once inside is the Viharn Luang. The viharn is open on all four sides, with columns finished in black lacquer and stenciled with gold leaf designs. A massive gilded ku, a sort of pedestal that surrounds the Buddha image, sits inside the Viharn Luang. The Buddha image is known as Phra Chao Lang Thong, cast in 1563. On either side of the Ku are throne-like pulpits used for ceremonial purposes.

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang
Behind the main prayer hall stands a 45 meter tall chedi. The chedi was faced with copper and bronze sheets, but time has turned the sheets into a variety of brown, blue, and green shades. Nearby the chedi are a couple other small chapels. Although very weathered, both have some rather interesting details and murals. The amazing feature inside one of the small chapels, known as Soom Phra Baht, is the upside-down reflection of the chedi and main prayer hall that occurs due to sunlight passing through a small hole inside. Also inside is a statue of the Buddha’s footprint. Unfortunately, women are never allowed inside this chapel.

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

On the compound are the temple’s museums. You will find Phra Kaeo Don Tao, a supposed ‘copy’ of the Emerald Buddha, and a 400 year old scripture library. Along the way, you’ll pass an ancient bodhi tree whose branches are supported by a forest of crutches. Wat Phra That Lampang Luang is definitely one of the temples that make Lampang reputable. The designs and patterns that you’ll get to see inside and outside of the temple’s buildings are truly beautiful and worth seeing on your visit to Lampang.

– The annual temple festival occurs on the full moon of the 12th Thai month (sometime in November). Locals come to give praise to the main Buddha image.

– Women are not allowed inside Soom Phra Baht chapel which contains a statue of the Buddha’s footprint and the rare reflection phenomenon.

– You can hire the horse-drwan carriage around the area for 150 Baht. The ride takes about 20 minutes.

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

How to get there :
By Car
Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang is located in Tambon Lampang Luang, around 18 kilometre from town. Take the Lampang-Thoen Road and turn at Km 586 toward the Ko Kha District Office. Then, turn right for 2 kilometre and take an entrance turn for 1 kilometre. A blue bus service to the temple is available in town on Rop Wiang Road.

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang Map, Thai

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang Map, Thai

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