Phayao Tourist Attractions :
Wat Si Khom Kham
| Enshrouded by lofty mountains and enticing valleys, the beautiful province of Phayao is one of the most historical parts of Thailand, which is better known for its rich natural beauty and fascinating religious sites. One such important temple that is highly revered in the upper northern part of Thailand is Wat Si Khom Kham.
Located on the banks of beautiful Kwan Phayao Lake in the Muang district of Phayao province, Wat Si Khom Kham is one of the ancient Buddhist monasteries in the region.
The temple is popularly known as “Phra Chao Ton Luang” among the locals because enshrined inside this temple is Lanna’s largest Buddha image. This is a sitting image of Lord Buddha designed in the Lanna-Thai style which dates back to 1491 AD. The height of the image is 16 meters and the lap width is 14 meters. It is said that it took almost 33 years to complete the image and get that enshrined inside the monastery. Another interesting aspect of this temple is the “heaven and hell park” that contains illustrations describing what heaven and hell might look like. Also present inside the monastery is “Ho Thai Nithat”. This is primarily a building located adjacent to the main temple that houses antiques, literary items, local intellectual displays and also some of the scenes depicting the lifestyle of people in the Phayao region. The museum remains open to visitors from Wednesday to Sunday from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
The right time to visit this temple is during the month of May. On the 15th day of waxing moon in this month, annual celebrations and fair are held .