Wat San Pa Yang Luang

Wat San Pa Yang Luang [in Thai: วัดสันป่ายางหลวง] in Lamphun is an extremely beautiful temple somewhat reminding of White Temple in Chiang Rai but with much longer history and much less tourists.

Originally a Brahmanist monastery, it became the first Buddhist monastery in Lanna. It is believed that Queen Chamadevi was cremated here.

Wat San Pa Yang Luang

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Wat Phra Yuen

Wat Phra Yuen (in Thai: วัดพระยืน), which means the Temple of Standing Buddhas, was built in 1370 by King Ku Na. Since then, the original design has changed but the buddhas are still standing (there are some sitting ones too). There is something psychedelic in how the buddhas look at each other – like two meditative mirrors reflecting one another creating an endless vista of consciousness.

Inside the temple, there are nice murals depicting the effects of good and bad deeds.

Visitors are offered to make their own buddha amulets, clay and casts are provided. It’s fun.

 

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Wat Phra Yuen
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Wat Cham Devi

Wat Cham Devi (spelled also as Wat Chamadevi, Wat Cham Thewi, Wat Jam Thewee, Wat Kukut, etc.) was founded in 755 and is famous for its two unusual pyramid-like chedis built around 1218 that exemplifies Mon architecture from the Dvaravati period. Each tier of Chedi Kukut has standing Buddha images, 60 in total. It presumably contains the ashes of Queen Chama Devi.


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