Contact: Thanon Yantrakit Koson, Tambon Thung Khwao, Amphoe Mueang, Phrae
Wat Chom Sawan
Wat Chom Sawan was built in the reign of King Rama V, in 1894, by a Ngiew man who was originally from Burma and came to Phrae for trading. After the incident of Ngiew people robbing Phrae city, the temple was abandoned. Later, it was renovated by Shan people. As the temple houses many valuable ancient Buddhist art objects of the province and the country, the Fine Arts Department who has seen the significance of the temple and its valuable ancient objects, has listed Wat Chom Sawan as a national heritage on August 27, 1990, in order to conserve the place for the next generations.
Wat Chom Sawan is located on Yantarakitkoson Road, Nai Wiang Sub-district, Muang District, Phrae Province, just one kilometer away from town hall. It is a Burmese architectural style temple that collects many beautiful valuable ancient objects of Buddhist art. The hall for religious rituals and monk’s living quarters are combined in one building. It is a nine-tiered teak temple with layered walls resembling sugarcane. Inside the temple are elaborate interior structures of columns and stained glass ceilings. Two brass staircases at the entrance are beautifully carved in Burmese patterns. Wooden columns inside the Bot are gilded and decorated with gold patterns. Burmese words are inscribed on 35 columns and the other 14 columns are gilded and decorated with stained glasses. There is also a big Burmese style pagoda surrounded by small pagodas on four sides, three at each.
Interesting antiques of the temple include ancient scripture made from ivory, stone flower, ancient musket and Buddha statues such as gilded image of “Luang Pho San” made from woven bamboos and an ivory image in Burmese style. There is an ancient scripture called Patimok made from ivory which was grinded and pressed into thin sheet before it was glided with Burmese words. Moreover, there is also a marble statue of Buddha sitting in an elaborate throne pavilion.
Wat Chom Sawan opens daily from 8.00 a.m. to 16.30 p.m. It is suitable for all, including children, adults, families, elderly, individual or groups of tourists to pay respect for good luck and see the beautiful architecture and many valuable antiques.