Lamphun - San Chao Por Khun Tan
Photo Gallery of San Chao Por Khun Tan or Chao Por Khun Tan Shrine in Lamphun, Northern Thailand. Lamphun is one of the oldest cities in Thailand and is well-known as the first royal city of Northern Thailand. It was called "Haripunchai" and flourished for a long time. The town is very peaceful, situated along Kuang River (tributary of Ping River), about 30 kilometers and about 30 minutes by car from Chiang Mai, the major city in northern part.
Lamphun and Lampang ? It's called "San Chao Por Khun Tan or Chao Por Khun Tan Shrine", about 40 kilometers toward Lampang, opposite direction to Chiang Mai, from Lamphun city.
The King Paya Berg or Chao Por Khun Tan is enshrined here. He was a very brave worrier and people believe that this place realize your wishes. (If wishes come true, people present something to thank the god or the King.)
I guess this shrine is well-known only among local people but drivers who pass in front of this shrine greet the king with blowing some horns. What made me visit here for the first time was, when I went to Lampang from Chiang Mai, the guide asked me if it would be okay to drop by the shrine.
The area has so many or countless offerings outside (this means such many wishes came true, right ?). If you come close to this place by car, that many offerings will come into view like "Waaow, what in the world are they ?!"
There is a national park (Doi Khun Tan National Park) and a very long tunnel (Khun Tan Tunnel ) nearby and if you go through Khun Tarn tunnel by train, you can come back here again someday. Believe it or not ! :D
[Chao Por Khun Tan] The brave worrier
|The shrine is surrounded by so many offerings. The brave worrier, King Paya Berg or Chao Por Khun Tan, is enshrined and people believe wishes will come true if you pray here.
Now, let's go and pray ! :D
Wow, no English, in Thai. Hmmm... :D
In Thai, though.
Our guide when I came here for the first time. What is he praying for ?
|So many offerings
Offerings all around. Each of them has a small house. This can be seen often in Thailand. Very curious.
|Oh, one more shrine ... Did I ever see this ?
|Chao Por Khun Tan
Chao Por Khun Tan is enshrined here also. He looks calm.
[Chao Por Khun Tan] Various offerings
|This area has various offerings. Let's check around.
|Elephants ! Quite big.
|Tiny elephants !
|Zebras ! Why ? :D
|Chickens in a row.
I feel I see this kind of chicken dolls often in Thailand.
|Various animal dolls.
|A sign of Chao Por Khun Tan Shrine.
|Horses in a row.
|This is real. Someone keeps them around here ?
|This is a real cat. Relaxing sleeping.
[Chao Por Khun Tan] Around
|Let's see the scenery around the shrine.
|There is a building housing Buddha images across the street.
I guess it's for drivers who can not visit Chao Por Khun Tan Shrine.
|The shine area is on top of the hill. Going forward in the picture will take you to Lamphun, then Chiang Mai.
|There are a lot of ups and downs around here. I feel a little scared while driving.