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Wiang Kum Kam, Chiang Mai

Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
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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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  • We are becoming regular visitors to Chiang Mai and this year decided to try and see some less visited tourist sites. Not having our own transport we decided to do a tour of Wiang Khum Kahm so asked ou...  read more »
  • rode into wiang kum kam on my bicycle and enjoyed the mix of rural suburb and ruins. Because I didn't have a good map I only found ruins by accident, and when I left got lost and ended up on the super...  read more »
  • 突突车和双条车,是构筑清迈古城形象的要素。可是为什么有那么大的烟气?突突车司机把手一拧,立刻喷出浓烈的油烟很是呛人。还有双条车,不是说改装自日系皮卡吗?为什么还是喷出滚滚浓烟?难道发动机也换成拖拉机的了?后门又不关的,车厢内浓烟滚滚呛得眼睛都睁不开。几次因为吸入油烟而晕车想吐了。泰国的油应该不那么脏吧。也许问题出在发动机太差。喷出的大量烟尘对古城的腐蚀和市民游客的健康都有损害! 在清迈夜市,晚上7...  read more »
  • 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
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