Located slightly to the northern end of the new town -- a short walk from Maeyom Palace -- this attractive wat was constructed by a group of migrant Tai Yai, or Shan, teak workers in the early 20th century and is regarded as one of the best examples of its kind remaining in Thailand.
The main hall is in a very classic Shan style: all in teak, raised on stilts with a three-tiered roof and simple decoration. The grassy setting with mature trees is very agreeable. Check out the central Buddha image, again in a Shan style, which is apparently made out of gilded bamboo. On the left as you enter the compound is an older looking – though we’re not sure of its date – brick chedi recalling for instance one of the stupas you’ll see at Inle Lake’s Shan Bagan, In Dein. It's not comparable with, say, the spectacular Shan-style temples of Mae Hong Son, but well worth a peek if you’re in the vicinity. Note the interesting little amulet market by the entrance gate.
How to get there
The temple is about a 10-15 minute walk from the centre of town.
By Mark Ord
Last updated on 24th February, 2016.