Catagorize: Historical Sites & Monuments
Contact: between Km.3-4 along Chiang Mai-Lamphun route, Tambon Wang Tan, Amphoe Saraphi, Chiang Mai, Thailand Tel. -
Wiang Kum Kam
Wiang Kum Kam is an ancient city aged over 727 years old. At present it is home to historic sites.
Wiang Kum Kam is situated in the southeastern of Chiang Mai, i.e. between KM 3 – 4 on Chiang Mai – Lamphun Road which is in Tha Wang Tarn subdistruct, Saraphi district, Chiang Mai province. The city is located on the east bank of Mae Ping River. To get there, go straight from Nong Hoi security kiosk until you reach the intersection near Pa Kluay street isle. Keep going until you find Chedi Liem.
The history of Wiang Kum Kam dates back to the establishment of the city during the reign of King Mengrai in 1286. He also commanded the construction of moats on 4 main directions of the city in order to let Mae Ping River flow in. Archeological exploration shows more than 20 historic sites built between the 21st – 22nd Buddhist Century lying underneath Wiang Kum Kam and surrounding areas. Some of these ruins were monasteries with a trace of Buddhist monks.
Tours of Wiang Kum Kam city on trams or horse-drawn carriages are available. The tour lasts in 45 minutes and covers 10 main historic sites, namely Wat Chedi Liem, Wat That Noi, Wat Chang Kham, Wat That Khao, Wat Phaya Mengrai, Wat Phrachao Aong Dam, Wat Ku Paa Dom, Wat Nan Chang, and Wat I-kang. You will be charged 250 baht for horse carriage service, 15 baht for an individual tram ride, or a flat rate of 400 baht for the whole tram. Visitors can enjoy Northern Thai meals served on wooden utensils and watch the presentation of local wisdoms. Should you have any queries, please call 08 6193 5049.
Moreover, there is an attempt to promote Wiang Kum Kam as a cultural hub of the community and a center for sustainable tourism. There are art and cultural performances, walking street and sale of cultural products on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8.00 – 22.00. For further information, please contact Wiang Kum Kam information center at 0 5327 7322.