Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao

Remote Amphoe Mueang Lampang, Chang Wat Lampang 52000, Thailand Published on: 08-06-2016

06:00 AM - 06:00 PM
0.60 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao is Lampang's premier wat, holding the honor of being one of the few places known to have enshrined the Emerald Buddha.

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Selling points

  • Decent Temple Northeast of Center of Town
  • Ancient Lanna-Burmese styled temple
  • Great place to spend a couple of hours
  • Very nice and relaxed attmosphere
  • Simply a great temple with many additional buildings
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Amphoe Mueang Lampang, Chang Wat Lampang 52000, Thailand

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There's two temples in one here – each with a story to tell. Wat Phra Kaeo Don Toa was built in the 14th or 15th century with a combination of styles. It’s the town’s biggest temple, and used to house the priceless Emerald Buddha (actually made of jade) back in the 15th century. The more interesting story is next door in Wat Suchadaram. A legend tells the story of Mae Suchada giving a watermelon to a monk in the midst of a famine. When the monk opened the watermelon, he found a large green gem inside, which turned into a Buddha image. Villagers beheaded Suchada, thinking she and the monk were getting a little too friendly. When they realized the mistake, they built the temple in her honor. It feels a little offbeat, partially since Lampang has a lot of temples around. If you're not templed out by this point in your trip it's worth 45 minutes to an hour of time.

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