Chiang Mai and Environs Sights

Wat Chamthewi

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Updated 04/18/2013

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Lamphun's architectural treasures include two monasteries. About 2 km (1 mile) west of the town's center is Wat Chamthewi, often called the "topless chedi" because the gold that once covered the spire was pillaged sometime during its history. Work began on the monastery in AD 755, and despite a modern viharn added to the side of the complex, it retains an ancient, weathered look. Suwan Chang Kot, to the right of the entrance, is the most famous of the two chedis, built by King Mahantayot to hold the remains of his mother, the legendary Queen Chamthewi. The five-tier sandstone chedi is square; on each tier are Buddha images that get progressively smaller. All are in the 9th-century Dvaravati style, though many have obviously been restored. The other chedi was probably built in the 10th century, though most of what you see today is the work of 12th-century King Phaya Sapphasit. You'll probably want to take a samlor down the narrow residential street to the complex. Since this is not an area where samlors generally cruise, ask the driver to wait for you.

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Lamphun–San Pa Tong Rd., Lamphun, 51000, Thailand

Updated 04/18/2013


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