Wat Sri Chum

Interesting Burmese-style wat

Photo of Wat Sri Chum, , Lampang

What we say: 3.5 stars

Wat Sri Chum is the largest Burmese-style wat in Thailand and until a tragic fire in 1992 was considered to be the most impressive one of its kind in the kingdom.

Construction of the original wat began in 1897 and following the 1992 fire a large reconstruction was undertaken. According to a billboard at the temple, it was rumoured the fire was caused by a monk accidentally placing his blanket too close to an electric heater. Whatever the cause, the renovation resulted in an interesting small wat pleasant enough for a smooch around.

Unlike many Thai wats, this one boasts a lot of information in English. And if you're lucky one of the resident monks will show you around the enclosure.

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Sri Chum Rd
How to get there: The wat is on Sri Chum Rd, a 10-minute walk south from the river.
Last updated: 14th June, 2014

About the author:
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton and he spends most of his time in Bali, Indonesia.
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