Lampang, is situated on the right bank of Mae Nam Wang and lies
599 kilometers north of Bangkok at the junction of
highways of Chiang
Rai Chiang Mai, with an area of 12,543 sq.kms.It is administratively
divided into 13 Amphoes :
Muang, Chae Hom, Hang Chat, Ko Kha, Mae Mo,
Mae Phrik, Mae Tha, Ngao, Soem Ngam, Sop Prap, Thoen, Wang Nua, and
Muang Pan.Lampang lays claim to two unique features : it is the sole
Thai town still using colourful horse drawn carriages as a means of
everyday urban transport, and it claims to have the world's only
training school for baby elephants. Both attractions account for the
bulk of Lampang's Thai and foreign visitors.
Phra Kaeo Don Tao
On the right bank of Mae Nam Wang is an old building which consists of
an impressive chedi on a rectangular base with a round spire topped
with gilded bronze plaques. A Burmese - style chapel topped by tiered
roofs stands against it. The chapel contains a Burmese style Buddha
image with particularly interesting decorations. The chapel probable
dates from the late 18th century. Beautiful colours and elaborate
harmony make Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao one of Thailand's best examples of
Burmese - style temples.
(Temple of Twenty Chedis) is also on the right bank of
Mae Nam Wang, north of town. The temple is attractively set in an
open ricefield. The complex is impressive with its Burmese - style
bell - like spires.
Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang
Lies some 20 kilometers south of Lampang and is one of
the North's finest temples. The chedi towers above
surrounding trees. To the left of the chedi is a viharn
with a carved wood fa?ade and double - level roofs.
Harmonious proportions and exquisite interior decoration
make Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang one of the best examples
of Northern - style religious architecture.