Lamphun Attractions, Attractions in Lamphun, what to do in Lamphun, Lamphun Sightseeing

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Attractions
Historical Sites
Wat Koh Klang Ancient Site
Wat Koh Klang Ancient Site
Wat Koh Klang Ancient Site
Location : Amphoe Pa Sang
Wat Koh Klang is located in Ban Bo Kaw, Tambol Ban Reuan, Pasang district, about 20 km from the city. It is an ancient temple with one of the most significant collocations of ancient remains in Lamphun, and can be found about 500 metres west of the Ping river. The local community comprises around 500 families of Mon origin who still speak Mon in their daily lives.

The ancient remains at Wat Koh Klang include the ruins of the ordination hall, traces of the wall, the well, the western entrace gate, the eastern pavilion and a well-preserved religious building outside the temple wall. Before reaching the temple there is a large almost circular octagonal chedi by the road which the locals call Chedi Mai Tha (Pier Marker Chedi), as it is a visible symbol for those traveling by rive that they are almost at Wat Koh Klang.
The Ku Chang-Ku Mah Chedi
Location : Amphoe Mueang
The Ku Chang-Ku Mah Chedi, northeast of the old town, is surrounded on four directions by standing statues. The Chedi itself is cylinder-shaped and commemorates Queen Chamthewi's war elephant and her son's steed.
Phra That Ha Duang
Location : Amphoe Li
An archaeological site of interest, it is believed to be the ruins of an ancient city, consisting of a group of chedis located within an area of ancient city moats.
Religious Sites
Wat Phra That Harinphunchai
Wat Phra That Harinphunchai
Wat Phra That Harinphunchai (Phra That Harinphunchai Temple)
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Sited in mid-town, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai was built during the reign of King Arthitayarat, a descendant of Queen Chamthewi some 800 years ago. A principal landmark is the 46-metre tall golden Chedi whose present appearance was the result of the restoration work in 1443 by a king of Chiang Mai.
Wat Chamthewi (Chamthewi Temple)
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Wat Chamthewi, commonly referred to a "Ku Kut", is located on the Lamphun-San Pa Tong Road and built in 1298 B.E. in the Lawo (Lopburi) style. The Chedi is a square structure similar to Buddhagaya in India. Around the Chedi are levels of arches holding a total of 60 Buddha statues. Ashes of the queen are enshrined within the Chedi.
Wat Phra Yun (Phra Yun Temple)
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Another ancient site related to the old history of the town is Wat Phra Yuen. The Ku Chang-Ku Ma Chedi at the temple is surrounded on four directions by standing statues. The Chedi itself is cylinder-shaped and commemorates Queen Chamthewi's war elephant and her son's steed.
Wat Mahawan (Mahawan Temple)
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Wat Chamthewi
Wat Chamthewi
Located in Tambon Nai Mueang, Amphoe Mueang Lamphun, on the road parallel to the old city wall to the west of town is Wat Mahawan, an old temple built since the times of Queen Chamthewi. Enshrined here is a Nak Prok statue (statue with mythical serphants overhead) which was brought to the temple by the Queen. Commonly known as Phra Rot Lamphun, it serves as the model for the famous votive tablet.
Wat Phra Phutthabat Tak Pha (Phra Phutthabat Tak Pha Temple)
Location : Amphoe Pa Sang
About 7 kilometres away on the route to Li district is Wat Phra Phutthabat Tak Pha. Legend has it that the Lord Buddha once stayed here, leaving a trace of likeness of monk's saffron robe and his footprint of stone ground.
Wat Phra Bat Huai Tom (Phra Bat Huai Tom Temple)
Location : Amphoe Ban Hong
Located in Tambon Na Sai, 10 kms. south of Amphoe Li. The attractions are Wat Phrabat Huai Tom, Karen hilltribe village and a laterite source. About 2 kilometres from Li is a group of five old pagoda known as the Chedi Ha Duang The site is believed to have been an ancient town. Covering an area of over 1,000 square kilometres is the Mae Ping National Park.

Wat Phra Yun
Wat Phra Yun
Its main feature is the Ping River, which flows through the forests in the park. On both sides are fertile forest-lands with sheer cliffs providing beautiful natural scenery. Certain parts of the waterway spread out to form reservoir-like bodies of water with numerous small islands and rapids.

How to get there: It is just 20 kilometres from the park headquarters and accessible by road. Fascinating stalactites and stalagmites are to be found inside nearby lime caves. Tourists wishing to stay overnight are recommended to contact park headquarters, which are located some 20 kilometres off Highway No.106 at Km47.
Wat Pha Chao Ton Luang (Pha Chao Ton Luang Temple)
Location : Amphoe Ban Hong
An ancient Buddha of stucco work housed in Wat Phra Chao Ton Luang, M.1, Tambon Lao Ya-ow, Amphoe Ban Hong.
Wat Pa Puai and Wat Dong Rusi (Pa Puai Temple and Dong Rusi Temple)
Location : Amphoe Ban Hong
It is known as Wat Anantharam also well-known for Phra Khong, one of the most highly respected Buddha image amulets.
Monuments
Queen Chamthewi Monument
Queen Chamthewi Monument
Queen Chamthewi Monument
Location : Amphoe Mueang
The monument is located at Tambon Nai Muang in the area of Nong Dok Public Park in Lamphun Municipality. Queen Chammathewi was the first ruler of Hariphunchai or Lamphun.
Suthay-Va Ruesi Monument
Location : Amphoe Mueang
A monument, on top of Doi Ti, to commemorate the founder of Hariphunchai in 660 A.D. Princess Chamthewi of Lawo became the first Monarchy ruler of Hariphunchai because of his invitation for her installation.
Museums
Hariphunchai National Museum
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Located on Inthayongyot Road almost opposite Wat Phra That Hariphunchai is the Hariphunchai National Museum. Displays and exhibits include historical development and archaeological items found in Lamphun. These include prehistorical human skeletons and objects of arts from the Dvaravati, Hariphunchai, Lanna and Rattanakosin periods.
Kru-Ba Sriwichai Museums
Location : Amphoe Li
50 Km from the town, in Amphoe Li, the museum houses all the belongings of Kruba Sriwichai, the great pioneer in religious development in Lanna the most revered monk.
Markets
Nong Dok Market
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Nong Dok market is considered to be a good market and it is divided into three zones to buy easily. You can park around the market and the street. There the strong buildings that are very clean and are not foul. The sellers are friendly to the customers and the goods are not too expensive. So shopping at the Nong Dok market, you will not disappoint assuredly.
Natural Attractions
Khamo Hill
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Located in Tambon Makhuajae in Amphoe Muang. It is only 200 metres in height and have about-an-acre flat land on the top, but it is fascinating that it has a really deep natural water well on its top which never dries up. This water in considered sacred, which has been used as sacred water in all coronations of The King of Thailand.
Erawan Cave
Location : Amphoe Pa Sang
Located in M.6, Tambon Nakorn Chedi, thirty kilometres from Pasang Li Road and another fifteen kilometres on Mae Ao Huey Fai Road. Plentiful of beautiful stalagmites and stalactites in the cave.
Pha Weang Cave
Location : Amphoe Ban Hong
Located at Pa Ploo village which is far from Ban Hong district office about 15 kms. Plentiful of stalagmites and stalagmites in the cave.
Other Attractions
The Ban Nong Chang Khun
Location : Amphoe Mueang
The Ban Nong Chang Khuen is the most famous longan growing area in the country. The orchards are located some 8 kilometres before Lamphun and with a further 7 kilometres after a right turn. On both sides of the road are numerous longan orchards. The fruits are in season during July-August. Longans were introduced to the area during the reign of King Rama V and have since spread into neighbouring provinces. There are several species today which are popular among consumers.
Pa Sang Handicraft Centre
Location : Amphoe Pa Sang
Pa Sang district is a handicraft centre and famous for its handmade cotton materials which are produced mainly in Ban Nong Nguak. Also at this village is an ancient temple noted for its beautiful arches in indigenous Burmese-influenced style.
Karen Phatthana Huai La Village
Location : Amphoe Ban Hong
Situated at Ban Huai La, M.3, Tambon Pa Phly, the village is approximately 50 kms. from Lamphun township on Lamphum-Li Road. The village itself is 500 metres from the main road. It is a wholly Karen village which strictly adheres to its traditions. Interesting activities include a traditional way of weaving cloth by using the hips as a loom. The finished product has its own unique colors.