Wat Phumin

Famous for its murals

Photo of Wat Phumin, , Nan

What we say: 3.5 stars

There are three notable features here. The temple's murals (in the midst of a renovation during our last visit) are considered to be the finest example of Lanna-style murals and are well worth a look. Some parts are badly damaged and faded, but other sections, especially those higher up, are in good condition.

The murals depict a range of scenes from everyday life -- note the wraparound skirts on many of the women, which are still worn today -- through to the esoteric, of which one man fishing with the body of another is a fine example.

Secondly the central image, an elevated, four-face Buddha, is housed in a four-facing ordination hall. According to a signboard on site this is the only wat of this kind in Thailand.

Lastly, towards the rear of the temple enclosure, is a small Buddhist hell diorama, similar to that at Wat Sri Khom Kham in Phayao, which is worth a quick look.

Adjoining the wat grounds to the north is Khuang Muang, an open-air area home to a massive river racing boat.

More details
Pha Wang Rd
How to get there: Wat Phumin is centrally located, just to the south of the Nan National Museum and opposite the tourist office.
Last updated: 1st February, 2012

Agoda logo
best price guarantee

Photo gallery

Photo for

Jump to a destination

Sights in Nan