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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.

Old house
Phrae is one of the best urban setting in Lanna to see old domestic architecture.
Old house

Lanna cultural distinctiveness is now seen as a asset, particularly in the lucrative tourist business.

Even Phrae market still has a traditional Thai architecture with beautiful teak carvings.
Phrae old market
Phrae old market

Yee Peng (ยี่เป็ง) is a northern Thai term signifying the full moon of the second month of the lunar calendar. It is celebrated as a religious holiday in Chiang Mai.

Temple in Phrae
Lanterns (โคม) have long played a central role in the festivities of the northern provinces inhabitants.
Temple in Phrae

Today lanterns are offered to monks in the wish that the merit-maker will receive wisdom.

Wat Sa Bor Kaew (วัดสระบ่อแก้ว) has an exotic and beautiful pagoda. The marble Buddha image is in Burmese style.
Wat Sa Bor Kaew
Wat Sa Bor Kaew

Phrae became a centre of the teak industry in the 19th century. So many fine teak houses can still be seen in the city.

Wat Sa Bor Kaew
This teak influence is evident in the Burmese-style temples built by Shan teak merchants who stettled in Phrae.
Wat Sa Bor Kaew

Floating lanterns (โคมลอย) are the famous famous lanterns during festivities. The lantern is floated by means of hot air from a flaming torch fixed within the frame.

It is believed that misfortune flies away with the floating lantern. During Loy Krathong festival, people gather at the temples to participate in the launching of floating lanterns (KHOM LOY - โคมลอย).
Wat Sa Bor Kaew
Wat Sa Bor Kaew
Wat Sa Bor Kaew
Wat Sa Bor Kaew (วัดสระบ่อแก้ว) has an exotic and beautiful Burmese-style pagoda.
Wat Sa Bor Kaew
Wat Phra That Cho Hae is the most famous temple in Phrae. It is located in Muang District on a hill outside of the town.
Wat Phra That Cho Hae
Wat Phra That Cho Hae
Wat Phra That Cho Hae
The 33 metre-tall pagoda is believed to contain a hair of the Buddha.
Wat Phra That Cho Hae

Northern people often call them-selves Khon Muang (คนเมือง) or people living in principalities.

Traditionally, scrolls illustrating religious texts were hung outside the northern temples to help explain the monk's teachings.
Wat Phra Ruang
Wat Phra Ruang
Old House
Phrae old city is noted for its traditional teak houses in varying styles.
Old House


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