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Two kilometres past the bridge that spans the Nan River, heading southeast out of town, this temple dating from 1355 , under the reign of Pray Kan Mueang, is the most sacred Wat in Nan Province. It's set in a square, walled enclosure on top of a hill with a view of Nan and the valley. The Thai Lue influenced bot features a triple-tiered roof with carved wooden eaves and dragon relief's over the doors. A gilded Lanna-style stupa sits on a large square base next to the bot with sides 22.5m long; the entire stupa is 55.5m high.

 

After Wat Phra That Chae Haeng, this Wat is the second - most important temple ( Th Pha Kong ) in the city. The main vihara, reconstructed in 1458, has a huge seated Buddha image and faint murals. Also in the vihara is a set of Lanna-period scrolls inscribed ( in Lanna script ) not only with the usual Buddhist scriptures but also with the history, law and astrology of the time. A thammdat (a dhamma seat used by monks when teaching) sits to one side.

 

The magnificent stupa behind the vihara dates from the 14th century, probably around the same time the temple was founded, It features 24 elephant supports similar to those seen in Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai. Next to the stupa is a small, insignificant bot from the same era. Wat Phra That Chang Kham is also eminent by having the largest haw trai ( Tripitaka library ) in Thailand, but it is now empty.

 

Wat Hua Khuang This small Wat diagonally opposite Wat Phra That Chang Kham comprises a distinctive Lanna / Lan Xang-style stupa with four Buddha niches, a wooden haw trai - now used as a kuti ( monk cell ) - and a noteworthy bot with a Luang Prabang-style carved wooden veranda. A carved wooden ceiling and a huge naga altar can be found inside. Stylistic cues suggest this may be one of the city's oldest Wat’s though the temple's founding date is

unknown.

 

Supposedly established in 1456, the Wat Suan Tan ( Palm Grove Monastery; Th Suan Tan )

comprises an interesting stupa of the 15th century ( 40 mtrs. High ) which combines Hindu /

Khmer style motives ( stupa in form of prang ) and, surmounting it, an obviously Sukhothai

style motive in the shape of a lotus bud, modified in its current form in 1914.

 

The heavily restored vihara contains the Phra Chao Thong Thipun, out  of early Sukhothai style

bronze sitting Buddha in Bhumisparsha - Mudra. It measures 4.10 metres and could have been

ordered by the Chiang Mai sovereign Tilokaraj following its conquest of Nan in 1449.

Nan Province, Places to visit, Wat Phumin, Wat Hua Khuang,

Nan Province, Page 9,  Places to visit, Wat Phumin, Wat Hua Khuang,