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Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, Lamphun

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Wat Phra That Hariphunchai is a Buddhist temple in Lamphun, Thailand. The temple's origins date from the 11th century but the central stupa is thought to originate in the 9th century.HistoryWat Phra That Hariphunchai's earliest origins were in 897 when the then king of Hariphunchai is said to have built a stupa (now the central stupa) to house a hair of the Buddha. The present compound, founded by Hariphunchai King Athitayarai, dates from 1044.The temple was first rebuilt in 1443 by King Tilokaraja of Lanna kingdom Chiang Mai. The temple's pyramid-shaped Chedi Suwanna was built in 1418. In the 1930s temple renovations were made by the northern Thai monk Khru Ba Sriwichai.ArchitectureThe restoration of 1443 enlarged and enhanced the central stupa, including the incorporation of repousse Buddha images on bronze sheets affixed to the stupa bell element (anda). These repousse Buddhas are indicative of the Lanna Early Classic period.The unusual pyramid-shaped Chedi Suwanna in the northwest of the compound is in the Dvaravati style of the Haripunchai period and believed to be modeled on similar stupas at nearby Wat Chama Thewi (Wat Kukut).Wat Phra That Hariphunchai's wihan houses a 15th-century Lanna Buddha. Near the wihan is a library of 19th-century origin. The library's staircase features naga images. Also near the wihan is a large bronze gong, purportedly the world's largest. The gong dates from 1860.
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  • Wat Phra that Luang Temple regularly or victory phun lamphun. I have had the opportunity to make merit, on the day of the big Buddha Temple honorable to walk and in one life. I recommend to make merit, and explore the beauty of the temple at haridwar phun victory.
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  • Come, lamphun, raids, but every time I want to visit the beauty of this modern temple in lamphun. A unique day in 1949 by Lanna
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