In 1922, during the period of the Phraya Phradet Udornthit, the last ruler of Phayao, Kruba Chao Sri Wichai was invited over to establish the vihara. There are still many other architectures in the temple that were built during the same period.
Let’s get to the temple to see how gorgeous it is. As soon as you step inside, you will see the vihara for the very first thing. The vihara is the largest architecture of the temple and also the highlight of it.
The vihara is decorated in golden and reddish-brown color. There are carvings of gods and animals on the main roof, which look absolutely stunning and glorious. The main roof is covered in folden color and its carvings will be sparkling in the middle of sunlight.
Don’t just stand outside, let’s get inside the vihara too. There, Phra Chao Luang Ton, the largest Lanna Buddha statue, is located. You will want to pay respect to this, as there is a long history. It says, Lord Buddha and his followers once travelled to Phayao. The Lord stayed at a mountain near Ngong Aieng pool. Then a goldsmith realised that the Lord arrived. Therefore, he bestowed food upon the Lord and his followers. Then the Lord saw that the area was perfect for Buddhism. So he gave some of his hair to the goldsmith, in order to put it in a 7-level casket and bestow it upon Phaya Asok. And then it was stored in the cave under Chom Doi.
Also, it’s believed that, Lord Buddha tortured a Naga in Nhong Aiang and said that after 2500 years of the arrival of Buddhism, the Naga was supposed to built the base of Buddhism in Nhong Aiang and also a large Lord Buddha statue of Phra Buddha Chao Kakusantha’s size.