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Pratadharipunchai, Lampoon

Pratadharipunchai, Lampoon

Lampoon is a small tranquil province with nice weather. Visitors who come here will totally fall in love with the atmosphere. This province is where the Hariphunchai civilization originated. The legend says that the Jamathevi princess brought Buddhism from Lopburi. Lampoon is considered one of the first provinces in the north that embraced Buddhism. People should find a chance to come to worship at this stupa at least once in their life.

Pratadhariphunchai is the stupa for those born in the year of the rooster (Chinese astrology). It is the oldest and the most important stupa in Chiang Mai, the former Lanna kingdom. This stupa is not a very big one yet it is very beautiful. As stated in the legend, this area used to be the palace of King Sappasit and the stupa was built after he had found the Buddha’s relics. King Tilokekarat ordered the building of another Langka style of stupa to cover the old one. There is a museum in the temple that displays surviving artifacts. At the back of the temple, there is also Chiangyan Chedi, which is locally called “Chedi Sam Mae Krua” meaning three female chefs. It is believed that the three female chefs of King Atidtayarad built this chedi for him. Also, do not forget to visit Suwan Chedi, which is believed to be the old pattern of Pratadhariphunchai before it was covered over.

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Pratadhariphunchai is located at Intayongyot Road, Tambol Nai Muang, Amphur Muang, Lampoon.

At the front of the temple, there is a city tour cable car at 9.30 am and 1.30 pm daily for 50 baht. The best time to visit here is during the month of Visakhabucha Day since many festivals are held to worship Pratadhariphunchai.