Wat Sri Khom Kham ‘See the largest Lanna Lord Buddha statue.’
Come, come see the largest Lanna Lord Buddha statue at this temple!
Wat Sri Khom Kham is a temple in Phayao Province. It’s also known as Wat Tung Aiang and Wat Phra Chao Ton Luang. It was built in the year 1524, in the perios of a Phayao’s ruler named Phra Muang Too.
In 1992, somewhere in the perios of Phraya Phradet Udoenthit, the last ruler of Phayao, Kruba Chao Sri Wichai was the one who established the vihara of the temple. The vihara of the temple is really beautiful. Its roof is always sparkling in the middle of sunlight
However, the highlight of the temple is ‘Phra Chao Tong Luang’, the largest Lanna Lord Buddha statue.
Phra Chao Ton Luang is inside the vihara of the temple. You just go in and pay respect to the statue. Get your family and everyone you love with you too. This will do good to your fortune.
There is a legend about the statue itself. Long time ago, Lord Buddha visited Phayao for his religion mission purpose. A goldsmith bestowed food upon the Lord and his followers. After seeing that the area was good enough for Buddhism spreading, he gave some of his hair to the goldsmith. After the hair had been bestowed upon Phaya Asok, it was put in the cave under Chom Doi.
At some point, a Naga was tortured by Lord Buddha. Lord Buddha also told the Naga to build a large Lord Buddha statue, which should be at the size of Phra Buddha Chao Kakusantha. Then, as Lord Buddha passed away, the gold from the land of Naga was brough to Nhong Aiang. Then the Naga transformed into a white-costume man and gave the gold to an elderly couple. Then ‘Phra Chao Ton Luang’ was built.
With all these amazing stories and its stunning appearances, don’t hesitate to take you and your family to see the statue.
Keep your eyes open to see other thing in the temple too. There is a mural of Bhodhi Tress created byMr.Angkarn Kallayanapong, a national artist who passed away, Miss Phaptawan, Miss Kabkaew Suwannakut, and a group of Tossachartchadok artists.
There are Lord Buddha’s footprints, which are believed to be a kind of Sukhothai art. There is the vihara of Kruba Sri Wichai, which was built after the period of Kruba himself. You can get inside to pay respect to the statue of Kruba and notice his hand prints and footprints, which he left behind because he wanted to give some memory to villagers.
How to get there
Get ready at the city hall of Phayao. Head for Wiang District. Use Phahonyothin Road and reach for Rong Na Junction. After that, turn right and follow the sign that tells you to go to OTOP centre of Phayao. You sould pass Phayao Provincial Court, Phayao Highway District, and Phra That Chom Tong too. Finally, Wat Sri Khom Kham will be on your right side.
Water Hyacinth Product Village
See the large fresh lake, where you can enjoy a lot of activities: riding a bike, taking a walk, visiting Eat Tilok Aram in the middle of the lake, paying respect to the Lord Buddha statue of the temple, eat your favourite dishes in the restaurant etc. The lake is only about 3.28 kilometres away from Wat Khom Kham.
- Water Hyacinth Product Village
The village is located at Ban San Pa Muang. By getting there, you will see how villagers create amazing handicrafts with Water Hyacinth, for examples, bags, plates, hats etc.
The monument is located within the area of Kwan Phayao. Pho Khun Ngam Muang was a nice king of Phukamyao or Phayao, who loved his people and always reigned with fairness and rightfulness. As villagers loved him so much, they built him this monument in 1977, approximately.
This one is also in Kwan Phayao. The temple has been drown under the lake since the past. Even now, the only parts that stick through the water surface are the brick lot and the pagoda. Annually, there will be ‘Wian Tian Festival’ on Makha Bucha, Wisakha Bucha, and Asalaha Bucha, 3 important days of Buddhism. Be sure to join these right on time.