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Visit Wat Phra That Chang Kham Worawiharn (Nan)

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Wat Phra That Chang Kham Worawiharn

Thai name : วัดช้างค้ำวรวิหาร

GPS : 18.77611722,100.77208417 (See on the map)


In the center of Nan, a little before Wat Phumin and just opposite to the Nan National Museum, Wat Phra That Chang Kham is one of the oldest and most important temples in Nan. It dates from the early 15th century and is known locally as Wat Chang, which means the elephant temple. Its architectural style is a mixture of Lanna and Thai Lu styles.
The entrance to the viharn is guarded by two white Singha. Inside, there is a Buddha image called Phra Chao Luang and two Buddha iomages in Sukhothai style that were cast in 1426. Unfortunately, the wall paintings from the 19th century were cleared.
But above this temple houses the largest library of manuscripts in Thailand, Ho Trai, the Buddhist scripture library. Otherwise, you will also find at the back a chedi supported by elephants that gave it its local name to the temple.

Practical information about Wat Phra That Chang Kham Worawiharn

No admission fee
Open from 6am to 5 pm

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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Wat Phra That Chang Kham Worawiharn 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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