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WIANG KUM KAM – THE UNDERGROUND ANCIENT CITY – 1 day

09:00 – 12:00 HRS. / 13:00 – 16:00 HRS
Visit to Wiang Kum Kam ; settlement long before King Mangrai’s capital around 1287- 90. Frequent flooding caused Mangrai to move, but the place remained important throughout the Lanna period. The site was later buried under mud when the river changed course during the Burmese period. The area was restored as a historical park during the 1980’s.Surrounded by paddy and village houses, the extensive site has a pleasant rural feel, yet it is very close to Chiang Mai.
Local Tram is the best way to visit the main ancient ruined temples of Wiang Kum Kam :
Wiang Kum Kam Information Center provided with a clear picture of Wiang Kum Kam in former times. The center was divided into several rooms for featuring the historical development and significance of Wiang Kum Kam as a nation’s important cultural resources in various
Chang Kam Temple (originally Wat Kan Thom) located at the heart of city. The temple contains the remains of a spirit of King Mangrai. There is the Cultural and Local Wisdom Learning Centre. The centre exhibits many interesting Lanna objects such as a traditional Lanna-style house equipped with utilities and a demonstration of ancient cloth weaving.
E-Kang Temple was once covered with sand, but only its pagoda emerged from the land. The temple has been named as E-Kang because many monkeys used to reside here.
Chedi Liem Temple (originally Wat Kuu Kham) this temple has never been affected by flood. The principal chedi was built around 1286 on a square base and is called ‘Chedi Liam’ as its body is angular in shape, which gives it its name. The five tiers of the chedi contain 60 niches for Buddha images.