Wat Phra That Chom Thong is a pleasant and historic hill-top temple lying just to the north of the town centre.
This is another site probably not worth visiting on its own but if you’re heading up to Wat Sri Khom Kham and the Cultural Exhibition Hall then Wat Phra That Chom Thong, on the wooded rise opposite is convenient and worth a peek. \
As usual you have the choice of a flight of steps – long and straight but not steep - leading up from the main highway or a sealed road that winds its way around the hill. There’s a small car-park in front of the temple set in a walled compound.
As Pra That, or Prathat, indicates there’s a Buddha relic, (supposedly originating from Sri Lanka), in the main chedi; – an attractive, venerable old stupa covered in gold paint and showing the octagonal Chiang Saen style. The chedi is thought to date from the 10th century though, as with adjacent buildings, it’s seen numerous facelifts. The temple complex is attractive but views, blocked by the surrounding tall trees, are disappointing. The only vista you get is down the staircase.
To reach the temple, leave Phayao centre along the lakeside road and go past the first entrance to Wat Sri Khom Kham. When you reach the second and main entrance, you'll see almost opposite across the busy road, the foot of the staircase to Wat Phra That Chom Thong. The road is a short distance further north.
By Mark Ord.
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