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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. Plan your visit to Wat Phumin and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Nan itinerary builder site .
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  • Interesting in life Buri unique touch of old wall paintings went around 17:00 dome as hell four Buddhas are also uncommon grounds and HM (^-^)
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  • I reside in Thailand for 10 years now and this is my 2nd visit nan, and for main attraction of this small town this temple is really to see. not for its exterior, it looks like a lot of temples of lanna style, but for the Interior frescoes. There is not too many people (even not Chinese!) This allows you to look at each of the scenes, and, with a local guide, it is possible to understand the meaning of all these scenes of everyday life, battles, religious and other symbols etc... I highly recommend to make the detour to nan, just for this temple, even if all over Thailand the characters are copies and copyings, but to be in front of the originals, it's still a must.
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  • Beautiful, quiet inside to see a dark, Spartan has a gift shop is located within the temple grounds. If this is not the temple mural photo shoot Grandpa. Ya the curtain never to NaN.
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  • One of kind. This temple is one of the oldest in the city. It has been with Nan for around 400 years. It is licated just across from the National Museum of Nan. The 'whisper' mural is very famous. Some say that if anybody visits Nan without seeing this mural, they have not been to Nan yet.
  • Very unique because of the old murals painted inside ! If you have a chance , visit the nan riverside art gallery as well where these murals are explained
  • Wat Phumin is a Royal temple and built by the mayor of Nan. There has a walking street market along side the temple. This area temple is set the table around this zoom for dining with food that you buy from market. But, therefor, here is crowded. Who wants to come, please preparing myself. Indeed, worth it!! to enjoy !!
  • My favorite temple in Thailand. Nice and lovely place.
  • A simple looking temple from the outside but rich in decorations inside. The murals are absolutely stunning and not to be missed. A couple interesting facts as well, is the Buddha image is in the center of the temple as opposed to being at the opposite end of the entrance. This Buddha image is a four-faced one. The other interesting fact is the Naga (dragons) garding the main entrance actually exit at the opposite end. This is the first time I have seen this. You must visit!
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