Wat Phrathat Hariphunchai ‘Pay respect to Lord Buddha’s relics.’
Let’s visit one of the most well-known temple in Lamphun, Wat Phrathat Hariphunchai.
Wat Phrathat Hariphunchai is medium-large, about 44,800 square metres. It may be considered as the heart of Lamphun, as it’s quite old. The legend says, it was built by Adhidharaja, the king of Camadeviwong Dynasty, about 900 years ago. At first, the temple was the site of the king. But later, the king found Lord Buddha’s relics within the area and decided to donated it as a temple for the honour of Lord Buddha.
There are many important architectures inside the temple.
The pagoda : This pagoda is called ‘Phra Baromthat Haripunchai’. It’s all in Lann style, looking so gorgeous in golden color. In there, Lord Buddha’s relics is stored.
The gate : You’ve got to go through this gate before entering the temple. You will see how gorgeous it is. It’s decorated in ancient style of Sriwichai. On the gate, two lion statues are located.
The grand vihara : This vihara is mostly used for religious activities.
The bell tower : There is a giant-sized bell at this tower.
Not only these, but there are also ancient items being displayed inside the temple. Just go and see them all. These are very rare.
Wat Phrathat Hariphunchai is perfect or relaxing your mind with your friends and family. If you want better experience, you should follow the news on the internet to see if there will be any religious event being held at the temple. If there is, you should attend it.
Drive your car along the Asian Line Highway. With that, you should head for the heart of Lamphun. After getting inside the province, just keep going along Charoenrat Road. You should find the temple near the road in no time. It’s easy to to notice.
If you don’t have a car, you can just get some public vehicle, for examples, a taxi, a tricycle, a motorcycle, instead. Other choices are more comfortable, you can looking to book your travels with travel agency from Chiang Mai to provide a car with driver to this temple or can combine program with Private tour Chiang Mai to Lamphun and Lampang.
Only about 0.5 kilometre away from the temple, this monument was built for the honour of the first ruler of Hriphunchai. She was a brave woman, a great warrior, and an intelligent philosopher. You will see her statue there on an empty concrete lot. Just pay respect.
The Wat Ku Kut is also known as Wat Chama Thewi or Wat Chamadevi named after the Queen. The largest of the two is a very unusual square ‘stepped pyramid’ shaped pagoda. It is the oldest surviving example of this type, from the Dvaravati period which ruled much of what is now Thailand from the sixth to eleventh centuries.