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The old city wall of Nan
Nan is an old town that in the centuries passing has been moved a few times. Besides old temples you can see in Nan town the "remains" of the old "Clay City Wall" and what was once build on-top of that a "City Wall" of small red bricks (constructed in 1855). And on the outside of the city wall was a "City Moat". Although big parts were still intact begin 1900, there is not much left of it and I assume that what you can see nowadays is not much original. As far as I understand even in the late 1970's parts have been destroyed.
Now there is a part of about 1000m long with a kind of park along it. This photo was taken at the east-side of the wall. At the corner of the west-side has probably been an fort. In the evening people sell food there.
I had passed this museum already many times and always thought "I should have a look next time". But next time always became next time. Until yesterday, when I did finally stopped and had a look.
It is a modern & professional museum about the history of Nan province. It starts with the pre-historical time-line of the area of what we now call Nan province. Slowly the time-line goes to the settlement of Nan town.
An interesting part is where the many ethnic minorities are shown with the different traditional cloths. You can even make a photo of yourself dressed in any of the traditional cloths.
There is one (but major) problem for people who can not read Thai .... no signs or explanation in English (or any other language). The museum is open every day from 9:00 - 16:00 and entrance fee is 50 Thai Baht per person. For what we did get an personal Thai speaking guide. As the museum is located just outside of Nan town you might need your own transport (a bit too far for walki…
Not to be confused with the Wat Phra That Chae Heang (5-km out of Nan town). Locally also know as Wat Chang (Elephant Temple), because of the elephants supporting the Chedi. Build in a mix style of Lanna and Tai Lue, probably around begin 1500. This temple is famous for its pure golden Buddha in Sukhothai style and for its largest Hoi Trai (manuscript library) of Thailand. Behind the temple are 3 small kind of Chedi's with the ashes and bones of former rulers of Nan Kingdom.
Inside the temple are also murals of the life of Buddha. But not so clearly as the murals at example the Wat Phumin. What makes me wonder ....
In the evening all temples in the Historic Center of Nan town are illuminated, what makes a beautiful sight. For more information about temples in Nan have a look at Everything About Nan - Thailand
For my new website Everything About Nan - Thailand I need some photos of things to see in Nan. So in a serie about temples in Nan here the Wat Phaya Wat. Again an extra-ordinary temple as the main attraction is an Chedi build in Mon architecture style (17th century). Build along the old Nan City Wall & Moat, of what some parts can still be seen.
It is a small temple with a nice atmosphere about real local temple life in Nan. Currently (May 2017) the temple is under renovation. The temple is open every day from 7:00 - 18:00 and entrance is free. As the temple is just outside Nan town you might need your own transport to get there (bicycle, scooter or charted Song-Theauw).
Awhile ago I did read, again, a sad story of a young lady on holiday in Thailand. She was involved in a motorbike accident and is now in hospital in Thailand. Yes, she has a travel-insurance. But her travel-insurance refuses to pay for medical transportation back home. Why?
Well here becomes a little technical but the bottom line is ... the person riding the motorbike did not have an an motorbike driver-license. There are a few lessons from this story.
Fist of all you should ALWAYS have a travel-insurance. And check if your travel-insurance (or your healthcare-insurance) is valid for holidays in Thailand. And check if it is valid for the things you want to do in Thailand .... motorbike riding, diving, other dangerous sports or example bungy jumping. Do not assume that your travel-insurance will just pay for everything.
And secondly remember that ALL scooters in Thailand are motorbikes. And for motorbikes you need an motorbike driver-license. Yes, the rental company does not care much…
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. Have a the photo under that I made about 2 years ago.
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.