20 Tourist Attractions in Lampang, a City Where Time Means Nothing

Let’s take a chill trip to Lampang, where time means nothing, and visit 20 tourist attractions you should visit in 2022, such as temples, museums, and local architecture, including the well-preserved Lannathai heritage sites waiting for later generations to experience. Lampang is a peaceful and fascinating destination. Besides, its natural sights are on par with those in other provinces.

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, the main holy temple of Lampang Province housing the relics of the Buddha, is an ancient and beautiful temple that is a sacred place of worship and pilgrimage for people born in the year of the Ox, according to Lanna beliefs.

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang Chedi

The chedi is the most notable feature of the temple. This massive stupa, erected in 1413 and a beautiful example of ancient architecture, was built in the Lanna style. The bell-shaped masonry Pagan-Lanna chedi is covered in brass plates. Legend has it that the stupa enshrines the hair of the Buddha.

Phra Kaew Don Tao Emerald Buddha

Phra Kaew Don Tao, also known as the Emerald Buddha, is inside the temple. Sitting in a meditative posture and made of jade in Lanna style, the statue has protected Lampang since time immemorial.

Ku Phra Chao Lan Tong

Another point of interest that’s worth seeing is the Ku Phra Chao Lan Tong in the main vihara. It is a large statue of Buddha, 2 meters wide and 3 meters high, according to legend cast by the son of King Tilokarat in 1589 from “a million gold”. By the standards of the ancient Kingdom of Lanna this is equivalent to 1200 kilograms of precious metal.

You can also take a photo with the Khong Arch, which was crafted by ancient royal artisans, and witness the phenomenon of the reverse shadow of the stupa in the hall where the footprint of the Buddha is contains. However, according to traditional customs, only men are allowed to enter this hall.

Lampang Carriage

In front of the temple, you can catch a Lampang carriage to travel around the city.

Mae Moh Mine

Mae Moh Mine

Mae Moh Mine is the biggest lignite mine in Thailand and is run by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT). It supplies lignite to the Mae Moh Power Plant, where the coal is used to generate electricity.

Mae Moh Power Plant

Despite this, there are many tourist spots within this area, such as the Lignite Coal Mine Study Centre Museum, which provides knowledge about geology and electricity production technology, and the Botanic Garden, a public park full of beautiful plants, which is an excellent destination for people who are fond of taking pictures. A slide on a grass field is also available for your enjoyment.

Mae Moh Botanic Garden

Other must-see places are the Public Park in Commemoration of H.M. the King’s 84th Birthday, which features stunning scenery, and the Bua Tong Field, where flowers bloom from November to December each year.

Mae Moh Public Park Viewpoint

Thai Elephant Conservation Center

Let’s experience the loveliness of Thai elephants at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center. This is a place where elephants are cared for, and sick elephants are treated.

Thai Elephant Conservation Center

There are over 50 elephants in total. Tourists can visit here and do various activities, such as watching an elephant show, riding an elephant to see the local nature, watching an elephant bath, or staying overnight at a home-stay. In addition, you can enroll in a mahout training course and learn how to ride an elephant.

Chae Son National Park

Chae Son National Park, its rich and abundant forestland full of streams, wild animals, and beautiful natural resources, awaits you. Here, the natural hot water pool known as Chae Son Hot Wells is a must. You can boil hen or partridge eggs in the wells, eat the delicious spicy mineral egg salad, or take a mineral bath to brighten your skin.

Chae Son National Park

The mineral bath is an onsen in Thai style. You can also request a private onsen bathroom that is surrounded by nature.

Wat Pong Sanuk Nua

Another important old temple in Lampang is Pong Sanuk Nua Temple. It was constructed in 1223 B.E. (680 C.E.), approximately 1,300 years ago. There are Si Chom Khlai Stupa and Phrachao Phan Ong Vihara, also known as 12-Zodiac Vihara, with stunning and ancient architectural features.

Wat Pong Sanuk Nua

In addition, this temple houses the first city pillar of Khelang Nakhon and a valuable collection of cultural and artistic items. It received the Award of Merit from UNESCO for Cultural Heritage Conservation in Asia-Pacific. This means we must not miss this destination at all costs!

Kad Kong Ta Walking Street

Let’s shop in a vintage atmosphere at Kad Kong Ta Walking Street. The market is held every Saturday and Sunday on Talad Kao Street. Apart from delicious food, local goods, and souvenirs, you will experience the retrospective atmosphere through the buildings along the street.

Kad Kong Ta Walking Street

There are traditional Thai houses in a central-region style, Lanna houses, Burmese houses, Chinese houses, and French gingerbread-style houses. These architectures date back to when Kat Kong Ta, or Chinese Market, was a market with an essential port for transporting goods and a trading hub of Lampang.

Dhanabadee Ceramic Museum

Aside from carriage, another trademark of Lampang is the rooster bowl. To learn more about the famous rooster bowl, you should visit Dhanabadee Ceramic Museum.

Dhanabadee Ceramic Museum

The museum stages an exhibition on the history of ceramics in Lampang and in general. The original production method of the ceramic rooster bowls and the smallest rooster bowl are also on display. Then, at the end of your visit, you can purchase high-quality but reasonably priced ceramic products as souvenirs.

Ban Sao Nak

Ban Sao Nak is an old wooden house built in 1895 by a merchant called Mong Chan Ong. The Burmese-Lanna-style ancient teak house is distinguished by its 116 supporting posts.

Ban Sao Nak

The building was previously used to welcome elite guests and host Khan Tok dinners and auspicious ceremonies. The home is still well-kept and serves as an artistic and cultural museum.

Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat Phrachomklao Rachanusorn

Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat Phrachomklao Rachanusorn, also known as Wat Phra Buddha Bhat Phu Pha Daeng, is on the list of must-see Unseen Thailand places. The temple is situated on a high mountain in the non-hunting area of Doi Phra Bhat in Chae Hom District.

Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat Phrachomklao Rachanusorn

The temple was previously known as Phra Buddha Bhat Phu Pha Daeng because it houses Buddha’s footprint. The highlight here is White Pagoda floating on a beautiful high peak. The temple is divided into three levels. The first level contains ubosot (an ordination hall) and stupas. The Buddha’s footprint is enshrined on the second level. And the top-level treasures, a golden image of the Buddha and white pagoda, stand beautifully and wonderfully on the mountain peak, making this level a breathtaking viewpoint.

Ratsadaphisek Bridge

Ratsada Bridge is also known as Ratsadaphisek Bridge or Khao Bridge. It is another landmark worth photographing. The locals called this bridge many names, such as Kua Si Kong (Si Kong Bridge), Kua Luang (Yai Bridge), and Kua Khao (Khao Bridge).

Ratsadaphisek Bridge

This was originally a wooden bridge built by Prince Noranan Chaichawalit, the ruler of Lampang at that time, in 2437 B.E. (1894 CE) to celebrate King Rama V, so it is over 120 years old. The bridge spans Wang River and marks the beginning of Kat Kong Ta Walking Street. People who visit Lampang should not miss a chance to take a photograph on this bridge.

Nakhon Lampang Railway Station

Nakhon Lampang Railway Station

Nakhon Lampang Railway Station is another landmark and lovely spot to photograph. It was built in 2458 B.E. (1915 CE) and featured beautiful architecture, combining Northern Thai and European styles, turning it into a popular photo location for visitors.

Wat Phra Chedi Sao Lang

Phra Chedi Sao Lang Temple is a beautiful temple in Lampang with a long history, presumably dating back thousands of years. The iconic architecture is a massive main stupa surrounded by another 19 stupas, making up 20 in total. This is also the reason why the temple was named Chedi Sao Lang: sao means twenty.

Wat Phra Chedi Sao Lang

This intriguing sacred place of Lampang was built in Lanna-Burmese style. Its ordination hall enshrines a buddha statue called Phra Phuttharup Than Chai and a holy beautiful Buddha statue in a subduing evil posture. Besides, a museum displays the ancient artifacts discovered by locals and donated to the temple.

Kao Fu Waterfall

Kao Fu Waterfall

People who love a relaxed trip and ecotourism should not miss the Kao Fu Waterfall in Tham Pha Thai National Park. The artificial waterfall was created by Kao Fu, a hill-tribe Thai, to be an additional water resource in the forest. Later, this location evolved into a natural attraction where tourists can rest and relax.

Kiew Lom Dam

Kiew Lom Dam

Kiew Lom Dam is a popular destination for the locals in Lampang. You can raft while taking in the scenery. This is a large reinforced concrete dam used to store water. Due to the nearby mountains and lush forests, tourists love to chill out here.

Wat Phrathat Chom Ping

Phrathat Chom Ping Temple is an old temple purportedly constructed during the reign of Queen Chammathewi (Camadevi) and completed during King Tilokkarat of Lanna Kingdom.

Wat Phrathat Chom Ping

Inside the temple contains Buddha’s relics which Lanna People have revered since ancient times. In addition, its ordination hall enshrines the sacred Phra Buddha Chomping Chaimonkon.

Lom Phu Khiao

Let’s visit a hidden gem of Lampang. Lom Phu Khiao is a large and impressive emerald pool in Tham Pha Thai National Park. The pool was said to have formed when the ground collapsed into a vast crater filled with clear turquoise and emerald water.

Lom Phu Khiao

The water is 40 meters deep and has become a habitat for fish. The surrounding areas are limestone mountain cliffs. This is an unseen natural attraction.

Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao Suchadaram

Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao Suchadaram or Phra Kaeo Don Tao Temple is a magnificent, over-1000-year-old temple. It is a significant place because it once housed Phra Kaeo Don Tao, or the Emerald Buddha, for 32 years starting from 1979 B.E. (1436 CE) before the buddha statue was moved to Phrathat Lampang Luang Temple.

Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao Suchadaram

The temple has many sacred objects, including the main massive stupa, which contains Buddha’s hair, a Burmese-style mondop (pavilion) that enshrines an enormous Buddha statue, and a vihara which houses a Buddha statue in a reclining posture that is the same age as the temple. You can also visit Lanna Museum located in the same territory.

Doi Pha Hob

If you want to take the natural scenery leisurely, row a kayak, or sit on a raft, Pha Hob or Doi Pha Hob is an excellent option. This is an incredible natural attraction in Mae Moh District.

Doi Pha Hob

There is a large stream between two cliffs, and you can explore a cave with dazzling stalagmites and stalactites. Then, you can row a kayak amid the beautiful scenery of the cliffs while taking a deep breath of fresh air.

Wat Si Rong Mueang

The original name of Si Rong Mueang Temple is Wat Tha Khra Noi Burma. It was built in 2443 B.E. (1900 CE) by Old Chong Ta Ka In Ta, a wealthy Tai Yai merchant. The temple is well-known for having the most beautiful teakwood vihara in Lampang. It took seven years to build, from 2448-2455 B.E. (1905-1912 CE). The Burmese-style wooden vihara has layered gables and nine finials.

Wat Si Rong Mueang

The Burmese art can also be found in other structures, such as every post of this vihara decorated with mosaics and gold design from the base to the top. This is one of the temples worth visiting.

Pong Yang Khok

Pong Yang Khok

Pong Yang Khok is an old temple with a rich history. It houses Chammathewi Vihara, a beautiful 1300 years old wooden vihara built by Lampang artisans in 1253 of the Buddhist Era. Many aspects of the vihara differ from those of a typical vihara. For example, the crossbeams and the posts were gilded. This vihara enshrines a Buddha statue in a blessing-giving posture. It was designated as a historic site and architecture with significant conservation by The Association of Siamese Architects in 2543 B.E. (2000 CE).

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