Wat Phra That Lampang Luang is a temple that was founded in the 13th century and some buildings were constructed in the 15th century.
The temple was built in honour of Buddha who it is said visited the site 2,500 years ago. It is believed that during this visit, Buddha donated a single hair which has now been enshrined inside the temple.
Wat Phra That Lampang Luang Temple, Dress Code & Hours, Thailand
This temple is a little different than others that you may see in Chiang Mai due to its fortified appearance. There are high brick walls surrounding th wat. This fortification proved useful in the 18th century, when the Burmese came to Lampang and fortified themselves inside. The temple was liberated by Thippachak, a local man whos statue appears on the temple grounds today.
You will find the oldest surviving viharn in Thailand at this site, and there are a number of buildings spread all over the grounds including a large chedi which was one of the first structures built here. Visitors will find murals painted inside some of the viharns as well as many images of Buddha.
There is also a small chapel which contains a sculpture of Buddha’s footprint, but unfortunately ladies are not permitted to enter this area. As with all temples in Thailand, visitors should ensure they dress respectfully. This includes covering knees, shoulders and midriffs.
You can get to Wat Phra That Lampang Luang by travelling around 15kms south of the city of Lampang. You can take a scooter or by taxi which can be organised by your hotel or guest house provider. A taxi should not cost more than 150-200 THB.