Attraction in Thailand : Lam Phun

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The provincial capital is some 30 kilometers south of Chiang Mai and 670 kilometers north of Bangkok. The province is renowned for its lamyai orchards and sumptuous silks. The present day provincial capital of Lamphun, some 670 kilometers north of Bangkok, was formerly the center of the Hariphunchai kingdom, which is believed to have founded during the late 600s or early 700s. The first and most famous of Hariphunchai rulers was a queen named Chamma Thewi whose legendary amorous and diplomatic exploits are the subject of numerous Lanna Thai folk tales. Two major temples within the provincial capital are striking examples of religious architecture. Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, which dates from the early 1100s, is one of the most striking religious complexes in northern Thailand. A golden pagoda some 46-meter in height, and with a 20- meter-square base dominates the enclave. The enclave is considered to be a fine example of classical Lanna Thai architecture. The second structure, Ku Kut Pagoda, or Wat Chamma Thewi, was built Khmer artisans. The pagoda structure is of the square Bodha Gaya-type commonly seen throughout northern India, and dating from the time of the Buddha. More than 60 Buddha images are contained within ascending niches. Relics of the legendary Queen Chamma Thewi are housed inside the pagoda. The hilltop Tak Pha Buddha Footprints some 16 kilometers from the provincial capital attract pilgrims throughout the year, and are the focus of an annual sixth-lunar-month fair. Lamphun hosts an annual Lamyai Festival each August. The provincial capital is easily accessible by road from Chiang Mai.