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Wiang Kum Kam, 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 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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  • The image of the ruins here seems older than Chiang Mai is settled. Brick system think it remained so. I think Chiang Mai old city area also such sites have more than one. Go to ruins of a temple to shun 御布施 御布施 gather, especially Dr. Rong Khun also grew up near private property made by using new, private property, public goods in the temple is its wealth in our recovery, such as the famous Temple in the old city recently became gilded pagoda, but without progress, repair after thought.
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  • We hadn't one our homework and did not realise what an extensive area was covered by ancient brickworks nd numerous religious building. The maps we had were unhelpful in navigating around the site.The...  more »
  • That have recently abandoned, buried in the floodplain of the River in the first capital of the Lanna Kingdom, and excavated ruins. The watch aboard the wagon (THB300) to pay the admission fee at the entrance and around the village. You can see detailed description in each language at each site signs large QR code, and read it in the Smartphone and tablet. Other Thailand language was English or Chinese, but unfortunately not to Japan. Showed Japan language however, Cartman is the laminated guide, so is little understood. Spend the time and while being jostled on a horse-drawn carriage.
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  • They call this a big empire of North. It was more than 940,000 rai covered under the land more than 700 years from the sediment of Ping river. This is really the must for people who be there at Chiang Mai
  • This place is mainly architecture, if you like it, then it's for you. Else, I doubt you'll like it
  • If the history of the area interest you it's a niece site to visit. Best done on bike or motorbike. Also better get the plan of the area at the info center at the site. They also have guide tour but I' m not sure if they have them in english.
  • A bit disappointed with this visit. There is only bits of the ruins left and there has been quite a big repaired with new bricks. There is barely any exterior plaster left on the bricks. It does not give you the impression that you are visiting an ancient ruin unlike Ayutthya.
  • We went around the different ruins on bicycles, which was nice. The ruins are small and scattered but