Wat Kuu Kham, Chiang Mai

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Wiang Kum Kam is an historic settlement and archaeological site along the Ping River, which was built by King Mangrai the Great as his capital before he moved it to Chiang Mai. It was flooded and abandoned more than 700 years ago; that move became more understandable in 2005, when the ancient city was flooded three separate times as the river overflowed its banks in that area of Chiang Mai.HistoryWiang Kum Kam is an ancient city located in Saraphi District in the northern region of Thailand, around 3km south of the southeastern corner of Chiang Mai's city centre. According to the chronicles and archaeological evidence, the old city was built by King Mangrai around the latter part of the 13th century.The city was established as a new capital by the King after his victory over the Mon people's kingdom of Hariphunchai, modern Lamphun. Due to repeated flooding, a new capital, Chiang Mai, was built a few years later. Wiang Kum Kam flourished during the reign of the Mangrai dynasty until the late 16th century.The old city was then lost from history for many years after Chiang Mai was conquered by the Burmese in 1558. There is a presumption that it was seriously flooded again at this time and was finally abandoned. The people were moved back to this area again more than 200 years later with a new community, and it was then named Chang Kham village .
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  • Ensure you include this temple as part of your day tour - it's on the way and rather pretty. Surprised there aren't more reviews on here for it.  more »
  • VISITED this beautiful temple on my own and was the only tourist there throughout my entire visit so really atmospheric. There are two schools of thought as to how the temple came to be built. One is ...  more »
  • We stayed at the hotel just opposite Wat Chedi Liam temple. The view from our room was just beautiful with the river and ancient pagoda on the other side, especially in the eveing after it getting dar...  more »
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  • Just a bunch of deserted temples.. Not organized at all
  • Very serene and calm archeological site.
  • Calm and nice place. Happy to be here
  • Really lovely, calm and pleasantly low key place. Spent an enjoyable afternoon riding in the back of a horse drawn carriage checking out the area with ruins spread throughout the village. The driver was on a bit of a timetable but fair enough, he has to earn a living. He had photos to show the water levels around the ruins in the last floods which also demonstrates why they had to move location all those years ago.
  • Outlook is uninteresting, but who knows, maybe the history is. But I don't read Thai, so it was boring.

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