Beside of the ubosot, another highlight is the city pillar shrine of Nan town, which was made of log and discovered in 1857. These shrines were located near the seat of power of kings or chiefs and are still very important today. Within the pillar resides a deity who protects the city and its inhabitants. These were ritual centers for fertility rites which ensured that the farmlands would yield abundant crops and that the city dwellers would bear healthy children. In modern times, these shrines are quite stunning, and the one in the compound of Wat Ming Mueang is no exception! Here the pillar is enshrined in a four-sided Thai style pavilion, in front of the ubosot. The pillar is 3 meters high and crowned with a four-face image of Brahma, which represents the four states of mind, which are sought by Buddhists: loving kindness, compassion, empathy, and equanimity. Above the pillar is a diagram of the planets orbiting in the heavens.
If you would like to pray, Lanna belief says that you should pray facing all directions beginning with north first, then east, south, and finally west. Each direction has a symbolic meaning. However, there is nothing wrong with praying in one direction only.