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Wat Phratat Lampang Luang

Wat Phratat Lampang Luang

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Wat Phratat Lampang Luang, (วัดพระธาตุลำปางหลวง), Lampang, Thailand.
About 20 kilometers from Lampang.

At first glance this walled citadel sited on a man-made mound of earth has a very fortress-like look to it being built on the site of an eighth century fortification, or wiang, that guarded the routes to Lampang.

The temple buildings seen today were built in the fifteenth century, and one of the reasons for the temple's popularity is the pure state of all the temple buildings. Unlike most of the temples in Chiang Mai, the temple has not been improved to conform to modern Thai ideas about temples. The courtyard is surfaced with sand, and the huge main wiharn (prayer hall) is still open on all sides.

The temple is said to enshrine a relic of the Buddha. Such relics are typically bones and ashes believed to be gathered after the Buddha's cremation. The relic is installed in the main chedi of the temple.

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Photo prise le 12 septembre 2013 (© ol'pete / Flickr)

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