Wat Phra That Chang Kham

Look for the elephants

Photo of Wat Phra That Chang Kham, , Nan

What we say: 3.5 stars

Visible from the street, the large stupa supported by 24 stone elephants is the source of the temple's name -- "elephant supported stupa" -- and just before it sits the main affair, housing a massive seated Buddha.

Interestingly, also from within this wat's grounds an art historian found a walking Buddha statue in plaster. As he was moving it outside, the statue was dropped revealing a gold alloy Sukhothai period statue within. During the frequent Thai/Burma melees, precious icons were often coated in plaster in the hope of protecting them from marauding Burmese (who would melt them down for the gold).

Last updated: 1st February, 2012

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