Wiang Kum Kam

Attraction Wiang Kum Kam Saraphi District Chiang Mai, Thailand Published on: 08-06-2016

1 hour
07:00 AM - 06:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:00 AM
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Cultural
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Historic
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Wiang Kum Kam is a settlement long before King Mangrai's capital around 1287- 90. Frequent flooding caused Mangrai to move, but the place remained important throughout the Lanna period.

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Why Wiang Kum Kam is special ?

Located in attractive countryside about five kilometres south of Chiang Mai along the Ping River, Wiang Kum Kam is an ancient city dating back to the eighth-century Haripunchai Kingdom. Later on it served as the capital of the then Lanna Kingdom for a short while until Chiang Mai was chosen to replace it in 1296.


Expect to see many interesting items and structures such as stone tablets with Mon inscriptions, Buddhist sculptures and architecture, earthenware and pottery. Taking a horse-drawn carriage is a popular way to enjoy the ruins although some visitors prefer to take their time to appreciate this large site on foot or by rented bicycle.


Source: http://www.chiangmai.bangkok.com

What to explore at Wiang Kum Kam?

The centrepiece at Wiang Kum Kam is Wat Chedi Liam (or Temple with an Angular-based Chedi). Widely depicted in postcards, the temple features a Burmese-style pavilion (restored in 1908 by a Burmese trader) and a five-tiered chedi set on a square base – the signature style of the early Lanna period. Each corner of the chedi is guarded by an outward-facing lion, an architectural feature that is unique to the Haripunchai style (today’s Lamphun).

Other important structures include Wat Chang Kham, containing the spirit house of King Mengrai (founder of the Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai kingdoms) and the Cultural and Local Wisdom Learning Centre which exhibits Lanna objects and traditional Lanna-style houses. It’s a good idea to drop by Wiang Kum Kam Information Centre, where excavated earthenware pottery and artifacts are displayed in the exhibit rooms.

Source: http://www.chiangmai.bangkok.com

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