Wat Tilok Aram ‘The half-drowned temple’
Every temple has its own stories. When you visit one and learn about these stories too, your trip will be more valuable, as you will know many new things.
Same as Wat Tilok Aram, it also has a bizarre but interesting story. Come and see it. Don’t close the article yet.
Listen carefully, this temple is really really old. It’s over 500 years old and emerged even before Kwan Phayao. Wat Tilok Aram is not on the ground like other temples, instead, most parts of it have been under the water for years. And here’s how it happened.
Wat Tilok Aram was located at Buak Si Chaeng, a swamp at an intersection named Nhong Tao. Nhong Tao is a historic community. What made the temple goes underwater is during 1939, when Department of Fisheries created concrete gates to block the water from Nam Mae Ing and other rivers from Phee Pan Nam. Then the whole community sank to the bottom of Kwan Phayao. The only parts of the temple that have been sticked through the water surface are the brick chedi, along with its brick lot. Therefore, the whole temple looks like a small island.
Time went by, Kwan Phayao was explored during 2006. The brick chedi, ‘San That Klang Nam’, really attracted the expedition. Then, in 2007, the area was explored again by Phra Dhamma Wimol Moli, the principle monk, and the expedition. The group meant to make the chedi a tourist attraction. Therefore, they renovated the chedi, making it more durable, cleaner, and more beautiful.
However, during the renovation, a san tablet was found. The tablet told most everything about the temple estabhishment, telling with Thai Fak Kham alphabets. According to the tablet, the temple was built in the period of Phra Chao Tilokratch, a king of Lanna, somewhere during 1476-1486. It was built in an honour of the king.
An amazing thing like this temple should be visited by children. You should take them. Let them see a valuable thing of the country. Hire a boat for about 20 Baht at Kwan Phayao and your boat will get you to the temple in the middle of the lake. Your kids are gonna love this. And, it will be safe, don’t worry. You will get your life jacket before the departure of your boat.
It will be best if you and your children have some chance to join the ‘Wian Tian Festival’, which is held annually during Makha Bucha Day, Wisakha Bucha Day, and Asalaha Bucha Day. In the evening, the temple and the lake will look stunning with candle lights.
Also, give yourself some time for a sightseeing, biking, and eating food in the restaurant, which is in Kwan Phayao. The temple is really in the middle of beautiful nature. You will love it. It will be one of the best mind-relaxing and heart-gathering place. You can do many things there and you won’t be bored for sure.
How to get there
Start from Phayao downtown. Get to Pratoochai Road and Phahonyothin Road. Follow these roads. Turn left when you see Kasikorn Bank. Then folllow Ta Kwan Road then you will reach Kwan Phayao and will also see the temple in no time.
Water Hyacinth Product Village
This is a part of Sri Khom Kham Temple. This is an antique museum. You will find lots of old things there, for examples, over-million-year-old ivory fossils, a model of vihara, an ancient Lord Buddha statue, old weapons, carvingg of Nagas, small figures that show stories in the past of Ngoen Yang Chiang Saen etc. It’s worthy of going. It’s only about 3.18 kilometres away from Wat Tilok Aram. It won’t take much time.
- Water Hyacinth Product Village
See how villagers make things like bags, hats, and other souvenir with Water Hyacinth, a plant that may be annoying for many people. But, seriously, the plant can be more useful than you think. Just get to the village and see everything. The village is only about 11.58 kilometres away from Wat Tilok Aram.