King Ngam Muang Monument

The city's favourite son

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Born in 1238, Ngam Muang was schooled in Lopburi and returned to take over his father's role as ruler of Phayao in 1258.

Eighteen years later, when expansionist King Mangrai marched on Phayao from Chiang Rai, King Ngam Muang went out and met him. Rather than fighting, the two struck a deal making the two realms allies rather than enemies.

The deal gave some territory to Mangrai (who was the more senior and certainly more powerful of the two) but war was averted and prosperity did follow.

The statue is near the public park looking over the lake and the foreground is popular for early morning tai chi classes.

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Lakeside, near the park
Last updated: 1st February, 2012

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