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Wat Phumin, Nan

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Take in the minutely detailed murals depicting rural life at Wat Phumin. Constructed in the 16th century in a cross-shaped design, the temple appears as if it were sitting on the backs of two giant snakes, with four distinct entrances each bearing their own motifs. Head inside to view the famous murals around the central golden altar, painted during the reconstruction of the temple over a century ago. The distinctive paintings depict scenes from the traditional lifestyle of the Thai Lue, the most famous being "Whispering of Love." Purchase souvenirs at the gift shop next door. To get the most from your visit, consider reading up on the murals' significance before you go, or see if you can ask someone on site to explain them. Put Wat Phumin at the forefront of your travel plans using our Nan vacation planner.
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  • The design of this wat is really original and effective, avoiding the traditional, unidirectional nave for a more central placing of the Buddha images. It works brilliantly, and immediately allows the...  more »
  • Center of the hospitality and togetherness of worshippers, families & friends are coming together through companionship, friendship and communication & entertainment .  more »
  • A must visit if you are in this area home to a collection of well preserved Lana murals ...they really are good examples.plus a four faced Buddha image and intricately carved doors.  more »
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  • One of my favourite temples in Thailand. Old and full of ancient histories. Each stone tells its stories in time. This is where you find the origin of the picture used to represent Nan. You will find it on the wall of the templr. Make sure you visit during the day, din see it during my night visit.
  • The most famous temple of Nan with a 4 faced Buddha and stunning murals made be Tai Lue hill-tribe people.
  • A-must place to visit in Nan Province with the hoistoric romantic wall painting.
  • Despite the temple was not very important on the history book but the symmetry-square temple has its charming that drew attention from people across the country to visit. Inside the main hall, there are a lot of beautiful painting of the local life and the famous flirting couple.
  • The temple is without doubt one of the most favorite tourist attractions in Nan. Its interior is as impressive as its exterior. The temple itself is built unconventionally with four entrances. When stepping inside, you will see four Buddha statues with their backs against one another facing the four directions. What's more is its famous murals depicting scenes of local life. The most famous scene is a man whispering to the ear of a woman.