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Lampang Tourism Travel Guide

  • Lampang was originally a Mon fortified town with the traditional oval moat and city wall fortifications located on the Wang River. It dates from the 7th C. In addition it had four strategically fortified outer settlements (wiang).
  • Lampang formed part of the Haripunchai Empire.
  • The city fell to the Tai Yuan in 1296 after a battle near Chiang Mai. During the 19th C the area was a centre for the British teak wood trade and many Burmese workers were brought to the town to work in that industry. As a result of this and the 218 years of Burmese occupation of the region here there are numerous Burmese style works of art and architecture which were then introduced and remain today.
  • Lampang is 100 miles South East of Chiang Mai City and is accessible by freeway through forest covered mountains from the Ping Valley to the Wang Valley. A visit to Lampang needs a two day visit.

Wat Phra Luang at Lampang North Thailand

Wat Phra Luang At Lampang

  • The most impressive site in Lampang Province is Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. This was one of the four wiangs and the site of numerous battles. It became a Burmese garrison in 1729. The Vihan was originally constructed in the 13th C and rebuilt in 1802 and the Chedi was enlarged in 1449 and 1496. Both are spectacular and are set in a walled wiang, high on an earthen mount of medieval appearance. The Lan Na art and architecture is outstanding and the fortification remains of three ramparts and two moats are impressive.

Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao

  • Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao is located in the city of Lampang and was constructed by the first ruler of Lampang. It has a significant tall gilded Chedi and Burmese styled roofed mondrop. In 1434 -1468 it was the home for the Emerald Buddha, now housed in Bangkok at Wat Phra Kaeo.

Inside The Old Fortified Town Of Lampang

  • The old city was a fortified town straddling both sides or the Wang River. The roads follow the bends in the river and there are in excess of 13 Wats and other buildings of interest. These include, Wat Pong Sanuk Tai, an ancient monastery in Lan Na style, Wat Hua Kuang, another Chiang Saen styled complex, Wat Phra Fang, an excellent Burmese styled complex, Wat Si Chum, another Burmese styled sanctuary, Wat Saeng Muang Ma, Wat Chai Mongkhon, Wat Pratu Pong, Ban Sao Nak, a Lan Na styled teak wood mansion and Ban Singka.

Tourist Attractions Out Of Lampang Town

  • Excursions away from the old city should include, Wat Chedi Sao, the temple of 20 Burmese chedi , Wat Pong Yang Khok with its 13th C wooden vihara on a site which has its foundation in the 8th C, Wat Lai Hin and Wat Phra That Chom Ping.

Lampang Tourist Locations

  • Another area worth a visit in the southern city is kat kao, or the “Old Market”, located by the bank of the River Wang just off Tipchang Road. At the turn of the century this now quiet area was a seething centre of trade, the town’s main market, and the home of many wealthy tradesmen. Many of their houses remain, an unlikely mix of  wooden housing in Chinese, Burmese, Western and Northern Thai styles the latter often indicated by a fan motif on the fronton. In times past the Old Market was an important destination for mule caravans from Yunnan and the Shan States, seething with Chinese Haw, Burmese, Shans, Lao and the indigenous Khon Muang. Today it is a quiet backwater, its mules and bullock carts replaced by the air-conditioned buses and heavy lorries flowing along nearby Phaonyothin Road, the all-weather route which links Bangkok with Lampang and all points north.