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Home Page Site Map. site map for www.Thailand-Delights.com Lamphun Province, Page 5, Hariphunchai National Museum and the Lan Na Arts Exhibits. Lamphun Province, Page 7, Places to visit, Mae Ping National Park.

Suthewa Ruesi Statue - Legend has it that the Rusi, or ascetic, was the actual founder of Hariphunchai. As an ascetic refraining from worldly affairs he invited Phra Nang Chamthevi, a daughter of the King of Lopburi, to ascend the throne and helped her to firmly establish Buddhism in the land.

Wat Chamthewi or Wat Ku Kut   commonly referred to a Ku Kut  built in the Lawo ( Lopburi ) style. The Chedi is a square structure similar to Buddhagaya in India. Ashes of the queen are enshrined within the Chedi.

Wat Mahawan  an old temple built since the times of Queen Chamthewi. Enshrined here is a Nak Prok statue ( statue with mythical serpents overhead ) which was brought to the temple by the Queen. Commonly known as Phra Rot Lamphun   it serves as the model for the famous votive tablet.

Wat Phra Yuen  an old temple from 11th century about one km east of the old town centre. The huge

Chedi with a large square base and four tall standing Buddha images date from the beginning of 20th

Century. The Ku Chang - Ku Mah Chedi northeast of the old town, is surrounded on four directions by

standing statues. The Chedi itself is cylinder-shaped and commemorates Queen Chamthewi's war

elephant and her son's steed.

The Ban Nong Chang Khun  is the most famous longan growing area in the country. The fruits are in season during July–August. Longans were introduced to the area during the reign of King Rama V and have since spread into neighbouring provinces.

Wat Phra Phutthabat Tak Pha in Lamphun province is unusual. Wat Phra Phutthabat Tak Pha is constructed on two levels separated by a long steep stairway. The stairway is lined by two five - headed Nagas and is a steep

climb although there is also access by road. The view from the upper level is spectacular.

Legend has it that The Lord Buddha visited here and left his footprint. His saffron robe was laid out on

the rocks to dry and it is said that the imprint can still be seen, hence the name of the Temple. ( Tak

Pha means to hang out to dry ).

Both the footprint and the image of the robe are located on the lower level of the Temple. Also, on the

lower level of Wat Phra Phutthabat Tak Pha is a small cave containing images of worship. Ban Hong

- It has several old temples built in admirable indigenous style, e.g., Wat Phra Chao Ton Luang Wat Pa

Puai  and Wat Dong Rusi . The later two temples both maintain 100 -

years - old Ho Trai ( scripture halls ) built with wood in delicate patterns.

Lamphun Province, Page 6,  Places to Visit, Wat Phra Phutthabat Tak Pha, Wat Phra Yuen

Lamphun Province, Places to Visit, Wat Phra Phutthabat Tak Pha, Wat Phra Yuen

Lamphun Province, Page 6,  Places to Visit, Wat Phra Phutthabat Tak Pha, Wat Phra Yuen