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Wat Pra That Lampang Luang is a Buddhist temple in Lampang in Lampang Province, Thailand. It is located about 20 kilometers from Lampang. Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, is one of the best 9 destinations in Thailand by BangkokPost in 2009.

The first element, Phra That, means Buddha relic (from Phra meaning Buddha and That meaning essence). The second element, Lampang, is the name of a location in Thailand. The third element, Luang, means great. All together, a loose translation is Temple of Lampang's Great Buddha Relic.

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

The temple buildings have seen today were built in the 15th century, and one of the reasons for the temple's popularity is the relatively pure state of all the temple buildings. Unlike most of the temples in Chiang Mai, Wat Phra That Lampang Luang hasn't been 'improved' to conform to modern Thai ideas about temples. The courtyard is still filled with sand, and the huge main wiharn (prayer hall) is still open on all sides.

The temple is said to enshrine a relic of the Buddha. Such relics are typically bones and ashes believed to be gathered after the Buddha's cremation. The relic is installed in the main chedi of the temple. Viharn Phra Put was rebuilt in 1802, replacing a structure dating from the 13th century.

The wat actually saw battle in the early 18th century as a result of an incident between Burmese troops and a local Man of Merit who was killed near here. After the incident, the Burmese troops took up residence in the fortified monastery. A local fighter named Thippachak rose in arms against the Burmese here with 300 men, gaining access to the monastery via a water channel in the rear. The site where he killed the Burmese commander, Tao Maha Yot, can still be seen as the bullet holes remain in the railings. There are several bullet holes on the railing of the temple, reputed to be fired by legendary folk hero Nan Thipchang, and ancestors of the House of Chao Ched Ton (Seven Princes) which ruled Lanna as a Siamese Vassal during the Thonburi and Early-Mid Ratanokosin eras.

The fame of the site, and its preservation throughout the centuries, is largely due to the belief that the historical Buddha visited here about 2,500 years ago and donated a lock of his hair, which is now enshrined in the chedi.


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Location: Latitude=18.3, Longitude=99.5

Friday, September 04, 2015
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