Wat Pong Sanuk Temple
Wat Pong Sanuk Temple
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Jeep
1,348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
We heard of the temple when listened to Lampang's history at Museum Lampang, so we asked our guide to take us there. Our guide told us that the temple received "award of merit" from UNESCO in 2008. The 1350 years old (approximately) temple has witnessed and took part in many significant events of the city and the kingdom such as founding of an ancient city "Khelang Nakhon" (about 1350 years ago), united with Lanna kingdom and became the center of the city (about 700 years ago), occupied by Burma (about 450 years ago), reconquest of the city from Burma (about 200 years ago), and was the place where the first city pillar of Lampang established (about 160 years ago).

At the time when we visited, the temple was serene (due to Covid pandemic?) and well-maintained. Highlight of the temple is "The hall of thousand Buddhas", an old open-air gorgeous wooden hall in a combination of Lanna-Burmese-Chinese architecture style. Inside the hall, there are 4 sitting Buddha statues face all 4 directions and 1080 votive tablets decorated around its inner wall (that's why it got the name).
Written 29 June 2022
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TGSA
Udon Thani, Thailand454 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Wonderful temple in Lampang, very quiet on an early morning, stunning reclining Buddha (unfortunately, that part was closed during my visit). Loved to walk around the pagoda up the stairs, impressive.
Written 1 December 2020
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Rebecca Wheeler
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019
The temples and chedis here were very beautiful but my favorite part was the large reclining buddha in one of the temples. The depictions on the bottom of his feet make this place well worth a stop, and the other temples and statues are not to be missed, either. Particularly the 4 statues of the buddha under the Bodhisattva tree. Glad we took the time to pop by!
Written 23 January 2020
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Song of Life
Bangkok, Thailand311 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
This is a very beautiful and spiritual temple and I would highly recommend you go and see. A beautiful mix of Lanna, Chinese and Burmese styles. It’s small so won’t take much time if your on a tight schedule. The restoration work was awarded by UNESCO so quite impressive.
Written 4 December 2019
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DavidWGrant
Dallas, TX136 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
II am of mixed mind on our experience at Wat Pong Sanuk. Normally, an untouristed, quiet Wat in a quiet setting, with centuries of history behind it, and absent the badly-used tourist dollars that ruined other Wats like Phra Sing in Chiang Mai...normally all of that would get five stars from me. And normally such a place would elicit the quiet awe and reverence I so admire in my wife.

But in spite of its apparently important history, Wat Pong Sanuk did not deliver as a outing. My wife did not have the air of connection that so often comes to her amidst the history of her Land. I did not find any coherent themes architecturally, and in fact, found the jumble of buildings, the bad flow of the place, the uncomfortable mix of three cultural influences, and its less than impressive restoration efforts quite disconcerting. The vibe was all wrong. Even its large reclining statue seemed awkward.

To its credit Wat Pong Sanuk is peaceful (architectural cacophony aside).and it sits in a neighborhood that is also quiet and genuinely interesting. It is shady enough to be comfortable on the sunniest of hot days, and the dogs left us alone. The little museum is also impressive.

Overall, a middling experience.
Written 24 October 2019
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14DLB
Wolverhampton, UK674 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Large temple complex next to royal palace. Large reclining Buddah, sitting and standing Buddhas. Free water with entry - worth a visit
Written 4 October 2019
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jajavalB
Lampang, Thailand3,802 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019 • Solo
tranquil temple complex with shady trees and slow life surrounding community. the monastery on the hill is unique in Lanna style with 4 buddha statues on the center. the local small museum of artefacts worths visiting.
Written 27 July 2019
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teseum
Oviedo, Spain321 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
After so many colorful temples, modern tacky additions, shiny restorations, this temple seems genuine and authentic. Also restored, it's 500 years old, but still gives the impression of an original Lanna Temple. It has an UNESCO Award for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage.
Written 25 May 2019
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Nitirat_Visetkit
Bangkok, Thailand89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
Not far away from the central of Lampang province is the 500-years old temple called Wat Pongsanuk. Compared to nearby temples, this place has unique architecture including Sanctuary of the Thousand Buddha located in southern part. Guessing by name, this sanctuary has numerous Buddha image, with four main Buddha in the central of the sanctuary. Naga bridge also magnificent, with Naga horns made from the real local deer horns. One worth for visiting.
Written 27 August 2018
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jajavalB
Lampang, Thailand3,802 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
This temple complex is divided into North and South. Main attraction is in the South section . There is main monastery with unique square with 4buddha statues sitting on each side of main pillar, facing out in 4 directions. Down the hill, there is open air display section for religious ritual equipments. On the north section, there is monastery and pagoda too.
Written 19 August 2018
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