Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

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Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Wat Pra That Lampang Luang (Thai: วัดพระธาตุลำปางหลวง) is a Lanna-style Buddhist temple in Lampang in Lampang Province, Thailand.

Etymology[edit]

The first element, prathat, means Buddha relic (from phra meaning monk and that meaning essence). The second element, Lampang, is the name of a location in Thailand. the third element, luang, means great. Altogether, a loose translation is Temple of Lampang's Great Buddha Relic.

Significance[edit]

The temple is said to enshrine a relic of the Buddha. Such relics are typically bones and ashes believed to be gathered after the Buddha's cremation. The relic is installed in the main chedi of the temple.

History[edit]

There are several bullet holes on the railing of the temple, reputed to be fired by legendary folk hero Nan Thipchang, and ancestors of the House of Chao Ched Ton (Seven Princes) which ruled Lanna as a Siamese Vassal during the Thonburi and Early-Mid Ratanokosin eras.

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Coordinates: 18°13′2″N 99°23′20″E / 18.21722°N 99.38889°E / 18.21722; 99.38889