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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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  • Old temple out of the city but remeber was the first area where Chiang Mai was founded. Kept in excellent conditions 
  • It has nothing special, some ruins are passable but other... Are away from the city and just there is information or map of your distribution. Not return nor recommend that go.
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  • This is overkill unless you know a lot or are very interested in Lanna temples. The site hasn't been fully excavated yet and consequently there isn't much tourism there. We saw some beautiful temples ...  more »
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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