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PHRAE

Phrae (แพร่) is a quiet and small province located in Northern Thailand. It is a historic region with many Buddhist temples and ruins.

Wat Chorm Sawan
Wat Chorm Sawan is located in town and features one of the Burmese-style temples built during the reign of King Rama V under the direction of a Burmese architect. It was built between 1910 and 1912. It contains Buddhist inscriptions.
Wat Chorm Sawan

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

It is considered the most beautiful structure in the Lanna region. It contains the ivory Buddhist teachings which are carved in Burmese on 16 sheets of ivory and a Buddha basket made of bamboo covered with sheets of gold.
Wat Chorm Sawan
Wat Chorm Sawan

Lanna old kingdom includes the eight northern provinces i.e. Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Lamphun, Phayao, Phrae, Nan and Mae Hong Son.

Wat Chorm Sawan
Wat Chorm Sawan has a fantastic structural beauty with high teak pillars.
Wat Chorm Sawan

In Lanna culture, sword fighting was typically the domain of women.

The Lanna style can be simple, i.e. white pavilions, stupas with octagonal bases, teak doors with floral wooden screens. The ornate structures include Buddhist temples with carved gold leaf motifs, detailed lacquering and Burmese-style stacked roofs.
Wat Phra Non
Wat Phra Non

Famous Songkran celebrations happen every year in Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second biggest city and capital of northern Thailand.

Wat Luang
Phrae is an ancient town with old moats and remains of old city fortifications.
Wat Luang

One of the attraction of Phrae is the unusual blending of temple architecture, i.e. traditional Lanna temples, Shan and Lao temples.

Lanna temples are characterized by steeply pitched, multi-tiered roofs. Windows and doors are small, allowing little light in.
Wat Phra Non
Wat Phra Non
Vongburi House
Vongburi House was built in 1897 by Phra Buritah, past lord of Phrae, for presentation to his daughter, Chao Sunantha, and son in law, Luang Pongpiboon. The house is now still in family hands.
Vongburi House
It is a teak two storey Thai European style fine architectural house. It features an elaborate woodcarving decorations both inside and outside. These woodcarving were originally built with the house.
Inside Vongburi House
Inside Vongburi House
Inside Vongburi House
Inside the house there are the family's old descended household articles such as furniture, silverware, earth ware, old pictures and documents.
Inside Vongburi House

The clothes called SEUA MAW HAWN (เสื้อมอฮ่อม) is the indigo-dyed farmers's shirt worn all over the country and is a product characteristic of Phrae province. Some politicians like to wear it to show their solidarity with rural Thai life.

Many temples in Phae show Shan and Burmese influence as the province was a major logging centre so attracting labour from Shan states in Burma.
Wat Phong
Wat Phong
Phrae old governor house
The provinces were administered either by a governor, who was appointed by the King, or by a local ruling family, who were descendants of the old local kings and princes of that area and had been given this privilege by the King (Chakri dynasty).
Phrae old governor house


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