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Wat Phumin. Nan's most famous wat is renowned for its cruciform bot that was constructed in 1596 and restored during the reign of Chao Ananta Vora Ritthi Det ( 1867 - 74 ). It is the only built temple as if it were on the backs of two immense snakes ( or Naga ).

Each of the four entries is preceded by a small corridor surmounted by a point shaped finely decorated (underlining the royal origin of the temple) structure and is equipped with smoothly carved doors, with Chinese demon guards in the East, flowers in the North and forest life motives of Lanna style in the West and the South.

The wat’s interior is impressive. It is also a good example of Thai Lue architecture. The structure of the roof is supported by twelve teak pillars decorated with gold on black and red lacquer and elephants motives.

The ceiling is  also finely decorated. The  flowered  altar  resting in the centre of the bot

supports four Buddha’s of Sukhothai style in the  Bhumisparsha - Mudra ( Buddha Invoking

Mother - Earth,  Bhumi to be His Witness or victory over Mara - the hand pointed down to

the earth with the fingers touching the ground), facing the four directions.

The shape of their ears and of their nose shows a Lao influence. Aside to the altar, sits a

splendidthammdat ( a dhamma seat used by teaching monks ). Murals of great value and

well preserved Illustrating  tales from the  Jataka are on the northern and the  Western walls

as well as scenes of the local life of the time when they were painted ( Europeans can even

been noticed a probable reference to the arrival of the French to which the East of the Nan valley area was yielded in

1893 ) Thai Lue were carried out during the restoration of the temple by artists at the end of the 19th century.

The style is rather distinctive quite far from the traditional style and is close to the murals of the Wat Phra Singh of Chiangmai. The setting is however, here, that of the culture and the everyday life of Thai Lue. The two most famous scenes are of greater dimensions than the majority of the other paintings: a man whispering to the ear of a woman ( on the Southern side of the Western door ) and the portrait painted on the side of the Southern door, which could be the king Chao Ananta Vora Ritthi Det’s. Other natural size paintings on each side of the main entry are of Chinese influence which can be explained by the origins of Thai Lue.

Nan Province, Page 8, Places to visit, Wat Phumin

Nan Province, Places to visit, Wat Phumin