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Visit Wat Phra That Doi Phra Chan (Lampang)

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Wat Phra That Doi Phra Chan

Thai name : วัดพระธาตุดอยพระฌาน

GPS : 18.111516, 99.470729 (See on the map)


This temple which you will also find under the name of Wat Doi Prachan Mae Tha, is located in the district of Mae Tha about twenty kilometers south of the city of Lampang. It is particularly to watch the sun rise from its upper part that it is popular but remains interesting to visit at any time.

It is the area of the summit which is the most interesting and photogenic with its breathtaking view, its small portico and its pavilion. A giant Buddha is built there. Below, the most interesting element is on the right and is reminiscent of its architecture the Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, which is only twenty kilometers away, in a certainly more modern and more golden style. Feel free to visit both temples. Wat Phra That Doi Phra Chan contains famous white relics. Its mountain pavillion was once made of wood but has been demolished due to damage over time.
To access the perched part of Wat Phra That Doi Phra Chan, you have the easiest solution, by road, either with your vehicle or by going up with the songthaew service offered only on weekends and holidays, and harder way by taking the stairs that start behind the small artificial waterfall and its Buddha. If you can, go by walking, it takes only ten minutes, the path is shaded and you will approach the temples by its most majestic side.

Practical information about Wat Phra That Doi Phra Chan

No admission fee
Open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
As far as I know, there is no local public transport to get there, so you need to have your own transportation. It is an easy step to add to a road trip between Phitsanulok and Lampang with a 16 km exit from highway number 1, a little before Lampang. On weekends and thai public holidays, a songthaew service is offered to climb by road into the hilltop part of the temple. It seems to be free but as I said the climb up the stairs is not that tough.

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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Wat Phra That Doi Phra Chan 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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