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Things to see and do

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Temples


The best thing to do in Lamphun

Well, more accurately what we enjoyed visiting most in Lamphun was Wat Chama Devi (or Thewi). Without meaning to be rude, and while being a pleasant-enough spot, the small, sleepy, provincial town of Lamphun isn’t exactly the tourist epicentre of northern ... Read more about The best thing to do in Lamphun .

Wat Phra That Haripunchai
Nop Meuang Nai St, Lamphun

Although Wat Chama Thewi is our clear favourite, Lamphun is perhaps slightly too far to go just to check out a single wat, so worth mentioning is our second favourite temple in town: Wat Prathat Haripunchai. ... Read more about Wat Phra That Haripunchai .

Wat Chama Thewi (Wat Kukut)
Chama Thewi Rd, Lamphun

This stunning but non-touristy temple is thought to have been built by a son of the town's first ruler, Chama Thewi, in the early eighth century. It's said that one of the weathered yet striking Mon-style chedis adorned with standing Buddha images contains the ashes of the great queen herself, and the chedis found here are considered the best examples of Dvaravati-period architecture in Lamphun. ... Read more about Wat Chama Thewi (Wat Kukut) .

Wat Mahawan
Chama Thewi Road

This temple, just outside the city walls is unremarkable except for the Phra Sila Dam image and a nice old wooden temple building. The Phra Sila Dam is believed to have been brought to Lamphun by Queen Chama Thewi and it has been used as a base for a popular line of votive tablets. You can see the image seated under the umbrella, just to the left of the wooden building within the ... Read more about Wat Mahawan .

Wat Phra Yuen
About 2kms to the east of Lamphun town

As with most other wats in town this one is said to date back to the seventh century and Chama Thewi, but with little archaeological research having been done and numerous renovations and additions made over the centuries it’s difficult to tell. Wat Phra Yeun, set amid a small grove of orchid-festooned mature trees on the edge of town is certainly an attractive temple and houses, among ... Read more about Wat Phra Yuen .

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Museums


Hariphunchai National Museum
Inthayongyot Rd, Lamphun (on the old town’s main street opposite the rear entrance to Wat Phra That Haripunchai)
T: (053) 511 186

Set in a spacious and cool modern building just behind Wat Phra That Haripunchai is the town’s national museum. Reflecting more Lamphun’s historical significance than the town’s current size and influence, it’s rather good as far as provincial museums go. The display is split into three sections, with a ground floor room housing stone (mostly Mon) inscriptions, a first floor section ... Read more about Hariphunchai National Museum .

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Shrines


Ku Chang Ku Ma
Soi Ku Chang

This small site has two old brick stupas of passing interest should you be in the area. The front one is Ku Chang which marks the burial site of Queen Chama Thewi's war elephant called Phu Kam Ngu Khiaw which means dark skinned elephant that is mighty at war. it is a very popular shrine with daily visitors leaving loads of garlands and other devotional items. The latter stupa marks the ... Read more about Ku Chang Ku Ma .

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Lamphun? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.


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