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Presentation Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao

g_translate Thai name : วัดพระแก้วดอนเต้
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The main chedi of the temple is currently under renovation. The work was supposed to be finished on May 12, 2019 but seems to take a little longer.

Wat Phra Keo Don Tao
Wat Phra Keo Don Tao Lampang
Lampang Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao
Like all temples with the name of Wat Phra Kaew, the temple hosted the Emerald Buddha which now stands at Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok. It was its first home and stayed there for 32 years in the 15th century. This is the most interesting temple inside Lampang City. Its main entrance is a staircase with two Nagas, a classic in Buddhist temples. Once you have climbed the stairs you will find on your left the statue of an elephant carrying a small pavilion housing a Buddha. It commemorates an event in Emerald Buddha legend. It was discovered in the early fifteenth century, when a lightning created a spade in Chiang Rai Wat Phra Kaew chedi. After its discovery, the king of Chiang Mai sent troops with an elephant to bring the image to Chiang Mai. But the elephant refused to take the road to Chiang Mai and ends up in Lampang. The most striking element of the temple is its 50 meters high partly golden chedi surrounded by a Buddha statue for each day of the week. This is the only thing that remains from the original temple. Behind the chedi, a beautiful wooden hall whith a interesting roof. Another building further houses a reclining Buddha. The temple also contains a small museum of Lanna art.
Next to Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao, Wat Suchadaram whose remaining buildings include an unusual pagodain front of which stands a wooden chapel and an wooden ordination hall closed to public. There is no real separation, but it is indeed two different temples juxtaposed.

Practical information about Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao

Entrance fee : 20 baths, desk inside the temple after the chedi
Open from 6:00 to 18;00

How to get to Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao ?

Depending on where you are staying in Lampang, you can get to Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao by walking, or by cycling (some hotels and guesthouses rent bicycles). Otherwise, it will probably be best to hire one of the yellow songthaews (shared taxis with benches at the rear) who pass often in the main streets.
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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :

  • Dress properly (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Take off your shoes when entering the buildings
  • Be quiet
  • Don't hug or kiss
  • Don't point your feet to Buddha's image
  • Don't smoke

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