Photo: Another day at the office.

King Naresuan Shrine

Our rating:

While not spectacular to look at, King Naresuan Shrine has great historical significance and a good story behind it.

Photo of King Naresuan Shrine

Naresuan was king of Ayutthaya from 1590 to 1605, and despite his short reign is considered one of Thailand’s greatest monarchs. His main claim to fame is having rid Siam of the perfidious Burmese to regain independence. Not content with that he also went on to sack the Burmese capital at Bago (no fewer than two times), defeat the upstart ruler of Chiang Mai, teach the Khmers a lesson, bring the Mon under control and he even found time to march his army on Vientiane. Legend has him defeating the king of Burma in a single-handed, elephant-back, duel. He was a kind of Siamese hands-on Napoleon and under his rule the kingdom reached its apogee.

It was during one of his stomping campaigns (diplomacy obviously not being his strong point), on his way to help the Shan fight the Burmese, that he actually died in Wiang Haeng. Historians can’t agree on how he died: maybe malaria, maybe smallpox. Although his ashes are said to be interred in a Shan State stupa, a shrine has been set up just outside of Wiang Haeng to mark the point where he supposedly passed away.

The shrine is set on a low hill just two kilometres before town so, if you’re passing through Wiang Haeng, stop and pay your respects to the great warrior king, and check out the view at the same time.

By .

Location map for King Naresuan Shrine

What next?

 Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Wiang Haeng.
 Read up on where to eat on Wiang Haeng.
 Check out our listings of other things to do in and around Wiang Haeng.
 Read up on how to get to Wiang Haeng, or book your transport online with 12Go Asia.
 Do you have travel insurance yet? If not, find out why you need it.
 Planning on riding a scooter in Wiang Haeng? Please read this.
 Browse tours in Thailand with Tourradar.

Like what you see? Then you’ll love our newsletter

The Travelfish newsletter is sent out every Monday and is jammed full of free advice for travel in Southeast Asia. You can see past issues here.


See below for more sights and activities in Wiang Haeng that are listed on

Top of page