A visit to the ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam and the Lan Na temple architecture in Lamphun province
Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 March 2017
Leader: Khun Euayporn Kerdchouay, Senior Consultant, the Siam Society
Wiang Kum Kam is the ancient city located very close to the city of Lamphun, which was one of several early Mon cities in the area and may have been associated with the Mon kingdom of Haripunchai. The site, which covers an area of about 3 square km., contains the ruins of numerous monuments, some of which are thought to date back to the reign of King Mangrai. The ruins in Wiang Kum Kam are the remains of temple architecture such as Chedi and Wihan.
According to the chronicles, Lamphun was founded in the 7th – 8th century by Phra Nang Cham Thewi, a Mon princess from Lop Buri who was invited there to become the first ruler of the kingdom of Haripunchai. The actual foundation was probably in the 8th – 9th century. In the 11th century the city fell under Khmer hegemony and in 1292 it was conquered by the Thais of Lan Na. Most of the temple architecture, with the notable exception of the two chedis at Wat Cham Tewi, dates from the 15th century or later.
Today it is a quiet provincial town of considerable charm with very old and very beautiful temples in the center of the town, a very interesting town moat and a very interesting small museum housed in a modern building. It has a notable collection of Haripunchai and Lan Na art, including some fine terracotta pieces, bronzes, woodcarving, silverware and ceramics. Within one km. from the town moat there are a few old temples dating from between the 8th and the 10th century. Also, there is a temple built in 1370 by King Ku Na of Lan Na, ninth king of the Mangrai dynasty, for the scholar monk Phra Sumana whom he had invited to come to Lamphun from Sukhothai with an assistant. Lamphun is one of the early Thai states in northern Thailand.
Under the leadership of Khun Euayporn Kerdchouay, the Siam Society will conduct a study trip to Lamphun province from Saturday 11 to Sunday 12 March. The itinerary will include a visit to the city of Wiang Kum Kam, the Hariphunchai National Museum, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, Wat Cham Thewi, Wat Phra Yun and many Lan Na temple architecture with demonstrates a great variety of style and influences from Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, Laos, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.
On Sunday 12 March, members will have a chance to see some rural areas of the province and will be visiting some of ubosot, wihan, ho trai and other monastic buildings which are often made of wood with ornately carved decorations, richly adorned and gilded. Some of the stucco and terracotta relief sculptures of Lan Na are exceptionally fine. We will also visit lesser known old and new temples in Lamphun province. Members will stay overnight at Kantary Hills Chiang Mai.
The group will depart from Bangkok Don Muang Airport for Chiang Mai by Nok Air, flight DD8302 at 6:50 a.m. on Saturday 12 March and depart from Chiang Mai Airport for Bangkok Don Muang Airport by Nok Air, flight DD8317 at 7:15 p.m. arriving at Don Muang Airport at 8:15 p.m.
Your contribution of Bt. 15,500 (Bt. 18,500 for non-members) will cover transportation by Nok Air, Bangkok – Chiang Mai – Bangkok, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, entrance fees to museums and monuments and other costs incurred to make this trip possible. Single room surcharge Bt. 1,500. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges. Please pay by cash or cheque payable to ‘The Siam Society’. Alternatively you can deposit/transfer the money to the Siam Society travel account at the Thai Military Bank, Asoke Branch saving account no. 053-2-18000-7. Please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us. In case the tour has to be cancelled due to insufficient participants, a full refund of the deposit will be made.
The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary. Seats are limited. Please book your place as soon as possible. For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Pinthip.