King Mangrai Monument: ‘The memorial monument of the respectable person of Chiang Rai villagers’
King Mangrai Monument is another place that you should never miss, if you have a chance of visiting Chiang Rai. The place is so valuable and quite meaningful for most people, especially those who lives in Chiang Rai.
King Mangrai Monument was established for the honor of this 25th king of Ngoenyang. He was the one who built Chiang Rai on Doi Thong and gathered many minor towns into Lanna Kingdom. This is the reason why Chiang Rai people pay a lot of their respect to him.
King Mangrai Monument is located just in Chiang Rai downtown. As soon as you arrive at it, you will see the bronze statue of the kind and the 3 golden flags.
The statue appears as the full body of the king wearing ancient royal costumes and ornaments, a pair of royal shoes, and holding a sword in his left hand. The statue was created by Pakorn Lekhon.
For the 3 golden flags, they were done by Thawan Duchanee, Chalermchai Kositpipat, and Kanok Wisawakul, skilled and famous artists of Thailand.
There are thousands of tourists, both Thai and foreign, visiting and paying respect to the monument everyday, from the daytime to night time.
This is a good place to go when you reach Chiang Rai. You will see how marvellous the architecture is. In fact, if you don’t visit the monument, it will be as if you don’t arrive at Chiang Rai at all.
If you want to visit the monument, you should dress properly. No shorts. No sleeveless shirts or something impolite. Remember, this is a respectable and holy place for a bunch of people.
How to get there
King Mengrai Monument is located in Chiang Rai, close to the Super Highway. If you have a personal car, you can just start your engine in Chiang Rai downtown. Keep going along Chiang Rai-Mae Chan Road until you find the Mangrai Junction. Fron that point, the monument should be on your left side. It is very easy to notice.
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