Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao Suchadaram ‘A very respectable temple of Lampang’
Feeling frustrated, sad, or nervous right now? Visiting a Buddhist temple is a good way to fix these feelings. You don’t need to be a Buddhist to get into one. Buddhist temples welcome everyone. No matter who you are, you can still visit one to see beautiful architectures and make a memory of old events in the past. That should make you feel better.
If you’re looking for a Buddhist temple to visit in Thailand, there is one that you should go, Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao (Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao Suchadaram). This is a temple in Lampang Province
How can you relax your mind when you’re there? Here are the answers.
You will find Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao, the most important temple in the city, supposedly founded by the first ruler of Lampang. The legend says the temple was founded on the very spot of this occurrence. The image is now enshrined in another temple in Lampang, the Wat Phra That Lampang Luang.
You can wear your earphones and listen to music, while walking around for sightseeing. The temple is 81,600 square metres. You can walk as much as you want. With that, you can both do exercise and look at the beautiful scenery around. Your sorrow and stress should be gone somehow.
Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao is over 1,000 years old. The temple was built between 1782 and 1809, during which the Chiang Saen people had been captured and herded to locate in Khelang town to recall goodness of MrsSuchada after being sentenced to death because of misunderstanding. However, the truth was revealed later. It was believed that the temple was a home and a watermelon farm of Goddess Suchada in the past. While you walk around, try to think about things in the past: What became of people? What have caused things nowadays? How did people in the past live? That will give you a relaxed feeling.
You can pay respect to the pagoda, where Lord Buddha’s relics are stored. The imposing 50 meter high structure consists of a white square base with a circular, gold plated spire on top of it. The pagoda that is named Chedi Phra Boromathat enshrines a hair relic of the Buddha.
You will want to take a look at the shrine of Lady Suchada. She was the one who found a piece of emerald inside a watermelon. That emerald was made into a Lord Buddha statue. Later, the statue was taken to Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, due to the love affiar between Lady Suchada and a senior monk. At last, Lady Suchada was executed. Thinking about history can help you forget bad things you’re having right now.
You can take photos around the temple and show them to your friends. Photography is art and that will make you happy.
How to get there
Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao is located at Wiang Nua District, Muang County, Lampang province. Cross Rassadapisek Bridge. Then turn right to get into Phra Kaew Road. Keep going on the new road for about 1 kilometre and you will find the temple soon.
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