Lamphun, formerly Hariphunchai,
is another historical sites. The town was founded in
the year 1663 and the first ruler was a Queen called
Chammathewi. This charming province is also noted for
its beautiful women and tasty longans.
With an area of 4,506 sq. kms., the
province has 7 Amphoes namely: Muang, Pa Sang, Ban Hong,
Mae Tha, Li, Thung Hua Chang, and Ban Thi. The town
is about 670 kilometers from Bangkok by car.
In The City :
Hariphunchai This monastery is in the
township area, built in the reign of King Athittayarat
and has been repaired, renewed, and enlarged from time
to time. Phrathat Hariphunchai Pagoda is currently 46
meters high having nine tiered umbrella, made of gold
weighing approximately 6,498.75 grams, placing on the
top. The base is of square shape with 20 meters in length
on each side. On every full moon day of the sixth lunar
month, there is a celebration of this Wat Phrathat in
term of the annual fair.
National Museum which houses numerous
Lanna antiques found in the region. The museum is open
to public everyday except Monday, Tuesday and official
holidays from 09.00 -16.00. Admission fee is 10 baht.
Pagoda or Wat Chamma Thewi (Swan Changkot
Chedi) This monastery was built around A.D. 755 by Khmer
artisans. The pagoda structure is of the square Buddha
Gaya Characteristics as seen in India. Three standing
Buddha images, in the attitude of blessing are enshrined
on each level of the pagoda base of each side totaling
15 images for one side of five levels, grand totaling
60 Buddha image d the pagoda. Relics of Queen Chammathewi,
the first ruler of Hariphunchai housed inside the pagoda.
The pagoda top was originally covered with gold but
later, was broken and disappeared thus giving to the
name "Ku Kut" or Pagoda without top.
Other temples in the vicinity include Wat Mahawan
, noted for sacred amulets, Wat Phra Yun or Wat
Buddha Maha Sathan built by King Thammikarat
about one thousand years ago.
Along Highway to Chiang Mai is located
the village of Nong Chang Khun which is noted for the
biggest plantations of longans in the country.
Along The Route to Pa Sang(Road
Pa Sang is about 10 kilometers from
Lamphun. It is noted as the centre for local handicrafts
and also for its beautiful and charming women.
Buddha Footprints The footprints are
located on the top of a small hill in the area of Tambon
Makok, Amphoe Pa Sang, 16 kms. from the township area.
The legend says that Lord Buddha left his footprints
during his visit to that locality for Lawa tribal people
to pay their homages to in lieu of he himself. He also
dried his suffron robe on the cliff where one, at present,
can see a mark like a piece of suffron robe being dried
there thus originating the name of Tak Pha Buddha Footprints
or Drying Suffron Robe Buddha Footprints. Annual celebration
takes place on the eight day of warming moon of the
sixth lunar month of every year when inhabitants of
Lamphun and neighbouring provinces flock to the annual
Amphoe Mae Tha :
Tan National Park Doi Khun Tan is located
on a mountain range bordering on both Lampang and Lamphun
Provinces. There is a 1,362 meter long tunnel, regarded
the longest in Thailand, for railroad underneath the
mountain. There are accommodations, which belong to
the Royal State Railway of Thailand, a missionary party,
and the Royal Forestry Department, on top of Doi Khun
Amphoe Li :
National Park situated at km. 47 on
Lamphun - Li - Thoen route, (Highway 106) the park covers
a lake and a forest above Phumiphol Dam. Attractions
in the area of the park are : Namtok Ko Luang , Tham
Yang Wi , and Kaeng Ko, etc. Langan Fair.
Fair This fair, held in August every
year, features a contest to judge the best fruit and
select Miss Lamyai (Langan) for each year.