Wat Phra That Choeng Chum Viharn
The Wat Phra That Lampang Luang is one of the most highly revered temples
in Thailand. According to legend the Buddha once visited the site some 2,500 years ago and donated a hair, which is now enshrined in the temple’s large chedi.
The temple is one of the
best examples of Lanna style architecture in Thailand.
Its viharns that are open on all sides are typical of the early Lanna style. Whereas some temples have been restored using modern materials
and modern building techniques, the Wat Phra That Lampang Luang has been preserved in its original state.
The temple was founded in the 13th century. Its name translates to “the
temple of Lampang’s Great Buddha Relic”. The architecture is a mix of Lanna and Thai Lü styles.
Literally, Wat Phra That Choeng Chum Viharn means Temple of Lampang’s
Great Buddha Relic. According to legend, the Buddha once visited the site some 2,500 years ago and donated a hair, which is now kept in the temple’s large chedi together with the right forehead and neck bones.
It is also the temple of those who were born in the Ox year because the construction of the temple is held to have begun and finished in years of the Ox.