Wat Luang

Phrae's oldest temple

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Phrae's most ancient temple probably dates to the 11th or 12th century.

The complex houses a large Lanna-style chedi, usually draped in Thai-Lue silk, while the main viharn contains a revered Chiang Saen-style Buddha figure.

While Wat Luang is one of the oldest wats in Phrae, it wasn't looking all that well loved when we last visited, when the overall site felt quite overgrown and neglected.

The crumbling laterite brick and stucco structure by the entrance on the far side of the main stupa is the remains of one of Phrae's original entrance gates.

Lastly, there is a small museum on the premises with some interesting relics and weaponry on display. It's only officially open on Saturdays, but if you ask nicely monks may open it for you if they are not too busy.

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