About Wat Phra That Chae Haeng near Nan town
The Wat Phra That Chae Heang is for Thai people born in the year of the Rabbit one of the most important temples in Thailand to visit. The temple is build in the area where Nan town was originally founded and is built in a mix of so called Lanna style and Tai Lue architecture, probably in the 14th century. As it is build on an hill you have a great view over Nan town and a great place to see sunset over Nan town. One of the characteristics of the temple is the stairway to the temple with side-ways to huge Naga's (dragons).
The Wat Phra That Chae Haeng can be visited all year around, daily from 6:00 - 18:00 and entrance is free. The Wat Phra That Chae Haeng is just 3 km east of Nan town, too far to go walking. But you could take the bicycle to go there. Just cross the main bridge over the Nan River and follow the road for a 2 km's. Then at the round about turn right and park your car / bicycle at the police box.
This temple is not be confused with the Wat Phra That Chae Kham that in the historical center of Nan town, opposite Nan National Museum. For more information about Nan province see Destination Travel Guide Nan province, North Thailand.
|Naga head at Wat Phra That Chae Haeng, photo made in 2016|
|Naga head at Wat Phra That Chae Haeng, photo made around 1900|