Wat Phra That Hariphunchai

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When you come to Lamphun, it’s inevitable to be told that if you have not visited Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, you have not arrived Lamphun yet. Hence it’s the most important and it’s also one of the most striking temples in Thailand. The stunning part that you should not miss embracing the aesthetics of the central chedi. Its interesting history came from King Tilokkarat of Chiang Mai city’s masterpiece. He combined the Burmese-Phukam style and the Lankan Bell-shaped architecture and finally came the unique Lanna style like this.  

Its nine tiered “Umbrella” made of gold and weighing almost 6500 grams. This Chedi is said to contain the hair of the Lord Buddha. Later on, because of its uniqueness and charm, it’s adapted to be the principal model for other chedis throughout the Northern part of Thailand like the famous Wat Phratat Doi Suthep in Chiangmai. Moreover, if you were born in the year of the Rooster, it is believed that you would get good luck throughout the year when you pay respect at this temple. 

On the subject of other highlights including Pathumvadi Chedi or Phra Suvarna Chedi or the square-based chedi made of laterite and brick which is similar to the Chedi Kukut inside Wat Chama Devi. Its top is covered with golden brass. Another spotlight in this temple is the marvelous square-based chedi revealing connections with The Mahabodhi Temple, in Bodh Gaya, India and the standing Buddha image style resembles those found at Ananda Chedi, Bagan, Burma. So, do not miss to see these highlights with your own eyes. 

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The temple is opened daily during daylight hours (7 am-6 pm) and it’s easy to reach because it’s situated in the heart of the city near Methi Wuttikorn School. If you would like to experience the temple at the special time, you could come on the full moon of the 6th Lunar month or Visakha Bucha Day. There will be an annual celebration for worshippers.