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Visit Wat Phra That Lampang Luang (Lampang)

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Wat Phrathat Luang Buddha
Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang
Wat Phra That Luang Lampang
This Lanna-style temple is located 21 km from Lampang city, near Ko Kha to be more accurate. It is symbolic of Lampang province. On a small hill, Wat Phra That Lampang Luang is surrounded by a fortification wall dating from the 8th century which gives it the aspect of a citadel. Buildings inside the walls have been built in the 15th century. YOu acces them by a long staircase with two nagas shape handrails. Wat Phra That Lampang Luang has a very simple architecture comparing to most temples in the region. It consists of a wide wihaan - the Wihaan Luang - open on the sides which houses a gilded ku, Lao-style pagoda, containing one Buddha surrounded by two smaller halls, a 45 meters high chedi covered with copper and bronze leaves oxidized by the years with a golden covered tip, another whihaan - Wiharn Phra Phut - and a small white building - the Ho Phra Phuttabat - which houses a Buddha footprint and is prohibited to women. Note that in the Ho Phra Phuttabat, which must be 2 meters square, when you close the door, a mirror image of the temple is formed on the wall or the white sheet suspended there thanks to a camera obscura penomenon. But women are not allowed to see it. Another curiosity of this temple, before the great chedi, there are two bullet holes on the railing allegedly fired by the legendary folk hero Nan Thipchang. The temple also houses two small museums.

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Practical information about Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

No admission fee

How to get to Wat Phra That Lampang Luang ?

The cheapest option to go to Wat Phra That Lampang Luang is to take the blue songthaew 2462 that links Lampang to Ko Kha, it costs 20 THB for a 25 minutes trip and then from there take a motorcycle taxi for the last 3 kilometers (40 THB). The songthaew can be taken from the corner of Thanon Rajawong and Thanon Boonyawat or caught on the Clock Tower place. To come back, to find a motorcycle taxi, go in front of the temple to the horses riders, one will take you back tothe songthaews station on his scooter. Otherwise ask at the police box to find you someone. Alternatively, you can of course hire a taxi to take you to the temple, wait you there and bring you back to your hotel in Lampang for around THB 350-400. More convenient and interesting if you are many.
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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang 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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