Wat Chom Sawan

Lovely wat

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What we say: 3.5 stars

This beautiful wat was built by a group of Shan teak workers in the early 20th century. It is regarded as one of the best wats of its kind remaining in Thailand.

A very simple building set at the centre of a grassy enclosure, Wat Chom Sawan is a refreshing change from the more ornate and rambling Thai temples. Those familiar with temples in Burma will feel comfortably at home here.

Within, note the towering teak pillars with the chandeliers dangling overhead and the understated main display. To the left on entering is a Shan-style stupa which has lost much (nearly all) of its stucco, revealing the brickwork beneath -- it's an interesting counterpoint to the main attraction.

Out the front is a small amulet market, where you're welcome to browse and pick up something to keep you safe over the hundreds of kilometres you still have to go on your trip.

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Baan Mai Rd
How to get there: The temple is about a 10-15 minute walk from the centre of town.
Last updated: 1st February, 2012

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