Royal Importance Observed in Lamphun
Royal Importance Observed
The Wat Phrathat Haripoonchai of one of the most revered temple complexes in Lamphun,
and within easy reach from Chiang Mai. Lamphun’s former glory as the birthplace
of the venerable Queen Chamadevi is one stunning site not to miss.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Costumes glistering in the spot lights: intricate finger and foot movements, depicting the finer art of its origins, and gracefully moving from one corner of the stage to the other without losing the almost Bayon-esque style smile throughout the performance.
Dinner with classical Apsara dances envelope two essential items not to be missed when in Siem Reap; culinary delights and the slow-flowing movements of an Apsara dance performance. A well-balanced act of culinary specialities with retina-pleasing performances flow through one of the leading restaurants and dance theatres in Siem Reap earmarked to complement the end of an amazing day in and around the world of Angkor.
08:30 - 12:30
13:30 - 17:30
This tour takes us to the small historic town of Lamphun to see life in a traditional, provincial life off the beaten tourist tracks. Located about 30 kilometres south of Chiang Mai, Lamphun was founded by the rulers of the Mon Kingdom of Haripoonchai, who’s first Queen was the legendary Chamadevi. Contrary to other regions, Lamphun has managed to retain its traditional charms over the years and is home to many ancient temples. During this half-day tour, we visit the oldest and one of the oldest temples in the region – the Wat Phrathat Haripoonchai.
The Wat Haripoonchai is home of the world’s largest bronze gong, this Wat (means Temple) was built on the site of Queen Chama Thewi’s palace in 1044 AD. Not only Buddhist influences but as well as post-Dvarabvati (Indian) architecture can be found in this in the 1930s renovated temple. The original was constructed during the reign of King Arthitayarat, some 800 years ago. The 46- meter high Chedi with a nine-tier umbrella, made out of 6,5-kilo pure gold, the result of the restoration work in 1443 by a king of Chiang Mai surrounds the main characteristics of the temple. It has been long regarded as a major place of worship for the complete Thai nation, as the ashes of the Queen are interred in the main stupa of the Wat.
The complex also houses a school for Buddhist monks, depending time by time if foreign visitors are allowed. Out of security reasons, the temple complex closes at 5 pm. The trip concludes with a fascinating and relaxing drive along the old Lampoon-Chiang Mai Road before we arrive back at your hotel in Chiang Mai.