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Wat Chang Kham วัดช้างค้ำ , Wiang Kum Kam

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Wat Chang Kham, Wiang Kum KamRuins of Wat Kan Thom in the compound of Wat Chang Kham in Wiang Kum Kam (26 October, 2006)


Wat Chang Kham (GPS: 18.74787, 99.00199; Thai: วัดช้างค้ำ ) is a Thai Buddhist monastery in the historic city of Wiang Kum Kam, south of Chiang Mai, Thailand. This monastery was before that known as Wat Kanthom วัดกานโถม . Ruins of Wat Kanthom is still there, right next to the present monastery building.

According to Thailand's Fine Arts Department1, there are two clusters of ruins, remnants of structures built at different times. One is from the Haripunchai Period, which pre-dates the founding of Wiang Kum Kam, while the other was after Wiang Kum Kam was established. The buildings from the Haripunchai period face west, similar to buildings bearing Burmese influence, even though they pre-date Burmese influence in the area.

According to the book Lanna, Thailand's Northern Kingdom, the spirit house at Wat Chang Kham is home to the spirit of King Mangrai.

Wat Chang Kham, Wiang Kum KamViharn of Wat Chang Kham. (26 October, 2006)


Wat Chang Kham, Wiang Kum KamChedi of Wat Chang Kham. (26 October, 2006)


Wat Chang Kham, Wiang Kum KamSeven-headed naga statue at Wat Chang Kham. (26 October, 2006)


Wat Chang Kham, Wiang Kum KamRuins of Wat Kan Thom. (26 October, 2006)


Wat Chang Kham, Wiang Kum KamThis is possibly the spirit house where the spirit of King Mangrai is said to reside. (26 October, 2006)


Wat Chang Kham, Wiang Kum KamViharn of Wat Chang Kham. (26 October, 2006)


Wat Chang Kham, Wiang Kum KamViharn of Wat Chang Kham. (26 October, 2006)


Wat Chang Kham, Wiang Kum KamStatue of a standing Buddha in front of the chedi of Wat Chang Kham. (26 October, 2006)


Wat Chang Kham, Wiang Kum KamOne final look at the viharn of Wat Chang Kham. (26 October, 2006)

Wat Chang Kham on Google Maps Street View

Wat Chang Kham (May 2018)

Wat Chang Kham is on the map of Wiang Kum Kam

References

List of Wats in Wiang Kum Kam and Wats in Thailand

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