Visiting the Wat Suan Tan in Nan

Old temples in Thailand

I had been at this temple already a few years ago, but I wanted to see how the renovation had been finished. In the latter I am a bit disappointed ... it looks brand new now. In a serie about temples in Nan here the Wat Suan Tan. It a bit out of the ordinary tempel, as it has 2 Viharns, a large Chedi in Sukhothai style and a library building (Ho Trai). Although it is a 14th century temple, it is still in use as it is one of the only temples in town with also an crematorium. The large Chedi in Sukhothai style is probably one of the oldest constructions in Nan town and remarkably is topped with a Khmer style prang (although actually most of Sukhothai was originally in Khmer style so this seem logically).

In the evening all temples in the Historic Center of Nan town are illuminated, what makes a beautiful sight. This temple is also famous for its holy water well, that is still used by this temple and other temples. For more information about the beautiful Nan province in North Thailand see Destination Travel Guide Nan, Thailand.

The Suan Tan tree
The holy water well
Old boat



Huge tree next to the temple




The top of the Chedi looks like a prang

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