Wat Nantaram ‘Tai Yai art is more gorgeous than you think.’
Tai Yai art is worthy of being visited by you and your family. It’s beaitiful. It’s valuable. Everyone should see it. Tai Yai is an ethnic group, which have been inhabited in Thailand for so long. Thai people have also gain some parts of their culture.
Therefore, it won’t be strange at all to find some architectures with Tai Yai art, including Wat Nantaram.
Wat Nantaram was built by Tai Yai people. It’s also known as Wat Chong Kha. It’s located in Chiangkham County, Phayao Province. The temple is quiet and perfect for your family, in case you guys want to practice Dhamma or attend some religious rituals.
For your information, in 1925 Nanta Wonganan, a wealthy old man donated his money for the temple to be renovated. The new vihara, designed and constructed by Burmese workers, was also built in the place of the old one. The vihara is made by teakwood and its ceiling are covered in colorful glasses, which make the whole architecture look so stunning. Don’t just believe this yet, but see for yourself.
Nantaram temple has been renovated for 10 times, approximately. Finally, in 1934, there was a grand opening ceremony for the temple held by uncle Nanta.
Now, it’s a beautiful temple.
Don’t forget to lead your family to pay respect to the principle Lord Buddha statue, which is also made of teakwood, but golden teakwood. The statue was brought from Wat Chong Mai Ta.
The museum within the temple is also interesting. You and your family can’t miss this. It’s an antique museum. There, you wull see lots of old things, for examples, old money, old fabric etc. Point these for your children. Let them see these and tell them about these. Help them with their learning.
Beside of all these, there are still many other interesting parts of the temple.
- The brick-and-lime chedi of Tai Yai style
- The ubosot made of lime and brick and decorated in Tai Yai style
- The pollen Lord Buddha figure made of various species of aroma plants from Myanmar. These plants were dried in the sun and mashed with modelling lime brick.
- Phra Chao San Sae. This is a bronze Lord Buddha statue from Chiangsaen period. It’s been registered as an ancient item by Fine Arts Department.
You can even dress in Thai contemporary costumes and take photos around the temple. The area is peaceful and surrounded with gardens and trees. It will make you’re an old-period person. Take a group photo with your family too, don’t forget this.
How to get there
Wat Nantaram is located in Chiang Kham District, Phayao Province. Just look for Chiang Kham Municipal District Market and the temple will be nearby.
Let’s get some rest at this national park. It’s not too far away. The national park is a part of Doi Pha Mhon Mountain. The whole area is very large, about 284,878,400 square metres large. You can enjoy many activities. First, let’s get to Phu Zang Waterfall, a small but relaxing waterfall. Then, let’s spend a few nights at the national park. There are camping grounds and shelters.
The principle Lord Buddha statue at this temple is not like others, as it doesn’t have a base. Long time ago, villagers tried to build a base for the statue, but it wasn’t completed. For the first time, villagers couldn’t lift the statue. For the second time, a thunder struck the vihara for 3 times. However, the statue is still respectable among villagers. You should go and pay respect to it too. The temple is only about 6.42 kilometres away.