Wat Phra Kaew

Chiang Rai

Situated on Trairat Road in town centre, Wat Phra Kaew was where one of Thailand’s most important Buddha statues was discovered in 1444. The statue had been moved by various state rulers to be placed in their respective capitals as a symbol of dominance, including Lampang, Chiang Rai and Vientiane before finally being enshrined in Bangkok’s Wat Phra Kaew during the reign of King Rama l of the Rattanakosin Period. The temple also houses a 700 years old bronze statue, Phra Chao Lan Thong, which is housed in the Chiang Saen-style Ubosot.

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