Photo: Sunset in Phrae.

Wat Chom Sawan

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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.

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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.

Wat Chom Sawan
Baan Mai Rd
Admission: Free

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