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NAN

Nan (น่าน) is a quiet and tranquil province, located in a valley in Northern Thailand.

Wat Phumin
This monastery is located at village Phumin and it has very unusual characteristics compared to other monasteries in general. The main shrine hall and the vihara are constructed as the same building.
Wat Phumin

Four Buddha images with their backs against each other are installed in the main hall facing the four directions.

Wat Phumin (วัดภูมินทร์) features also very beautiful wood carving doors placed in the four directions, made by the Lanna Thai artisans, and mural paintings painted on the internal wall of the Vihara displaying ways of lives and cultures of the past.
Wat Phumin
Wat Phumin

Lanna, i.e. one Million rice fields, or ล้านนา was a kingdom in the north of Thailand around the city of Chiang Mai. It consisted of several independent city-states such as Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Nan, Phrae, Chiang Rai.

Wat Phra That Chang Kham
The Lanna kingdom was founded in 1259 by King Mengrai the Great and was finally annexed by the Siam in 1892.
Wat Phra That Chang Kham

The House of Chao Ratchabut was built 150 years ago.

The House of Chao Ratchabut is opened to visitors but the house is still a private home and not a commercial tourist spot.
The House of Chao Ratchabut
The House of Chao Ratchabut

Sixty years ago the first house was demolished and rebuilt into two smaller, joined houses.

The House of Chao Ratchabut
Structurally, the house is over 60 years old but the material is about 150 years old.
The House of Chao Ratchabut
A big bronze Buddha image named "Phra Chao Thong That" is housed inside.
Wat Suan Tan
Wat Suan Tan

Nan was founded in 1368. Nan fell under Burmese control two hundred years later until 1786. The Nan principality pledged its allegiance to Bangkok and the Chakri dynasty but with a high degree of autonomy until 1931.

Wat Phra That Chae Haeng
Wat Phra That Chae Haeng is one of the oldest temple in Nan. Phrathat Chae Haeng was established in 1368. The height of the golden pagoda is 55 m. It has a style from Sukhothai.
Wat Phra That Chae Haeng

Nan, as a remote province, was formerly made dangerous by communist insurgency.

Wat Phra That Chae Haeng is today the most sacred wat in Nan Province. It is set in a walled enclosure on a hill with a view of Nan and the surrounding valley.
Wat Phra That Chae Haeng
Wat Phra That Chae Haeng
Wat Suan Tan
Kam Muang (คำเมือง) is the dialect of the Lanna kingdom. It is also being taught in some schools.
Wat Suan Tan

A great yearly attraction in Nan is the annual dragon-boat race.

With the architectural revival, a Lanna cultural awareness is growing too. Many people are involved in reviving Lanna architecture. Overall, tourism has been a force for good in helping preserve Chiang Mai's past Lanna architecture.
Wat Sri Phan Ton
Wat Sri Phan Ton


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