Phra Buddha Bat Tak Pha ‘What does it have to do with fabric drying?’
There are many temples in Lamphun for you to visit. Each one contains its historic story. Therefore, they are ones of quality learning sources of history. Family members or friends can have a good time together.
Wat Phra Buddha Bat Tak Pha, surely it does have its own history too. Let’s get to known more about it.
First of all, the word ‘tak’ means ‘to dry something’ in English and ‘pha’ means ‘fabric’, same language. Two together, it means ‘fabric drying’. You may want to shake your head in confusion, ‘Huh? What does a temple have to do with fabric drying? Does that make sense?’. Well, it will make sense. Just wait until you hear this story.
The legend says, when Lord Buddha was alive, he took a trip to bless some creatures in Suvarnabhumi. He arrived at the temple and made his footprints, in the hope that humans and gods can worship them.
The highlight is, Lord Buddha told Ananda to dry his yellow robe(**Yellow/orange fabric worn by monks.) on Pha Lad. Now, you see what the temple has to do with its name.
Phra Buddha Bat Tak Pha is an important tourist attraction and a center of Buddhism education. Therefore, beside of just visting the temple, people who want to practice Dhamma are always welcomed. Seriously, to be precise, the temple is like a heart-gathering center of Buddhists.
How to get there
Wat Phra Buddha Bat Tak Pha address is 279, Area6, Ban Phra Bhat Lamphun-Lye, Makok District, Pa Sang County, Lamphun Province.
Try to keep your wheel along the Highway No.106. Be patient. Drive not too fast. Then, when you reach the spot between the 136th and the 137th kilometre, just turn your wheel. Finally, keep going for another 1 kilometre until you find the temple or you can find travel agency in Chiang Mai to arrange one-day private tour in Lamphun for your group.
Opening hours and Entrance fee : Opens daily from 8 am until 4.30 pm. Admission fee : free
Note : Not accessible for wheelchair user
Phra Buddha Bat Tak Pha Map