Pong City & Environs Attractions

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Pong - Phayao - Attractions
The last few months I've spent a bit of time in & around Pong posting in the thread


I love these old traditional "back water" towns & the recent tip off for the Chao Fah Ngum shrine got me going looking for other stuff in & around Pong.
Two other gems turned up

1. The Khun Khuan City Museum / Wat Thammikaram
2. Wat Phra That Ton Fang

The Khun Khuan City Museum
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The museum is located in the grounds of Wat Thammikaram, east of Pong city.
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The museum is unique & claimed to be the only one like it in the county with a fine collection of Talisman Cloths" Phaa Yan" that are used for protection & important ceremonies. The collection is damn impressive & only makes me want to know & learn more about their properties & significance. Most, if not all, of the items are very old, and displayed in glass cabinets or nicely framed, such is their value.

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Before we entered the museum, the magnificent timber steps impressed Dave DKT, my traveling buddy for the day.
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The degrees of protection, properties you are being protected from & good luck gained, would be most interesting to know.

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See also: Museum of talisman cloths opened in Phayao - Pattaya Mail

More to come.
 
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Wat Phra That Ton Fang
is further east again from the Khun Khuan Museum
There once was a very old wat here, obviously with some important historical significance.
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A chat with one of the monks says that site is hundreds of years old and once covered 400 rai, with scores of chedis in the area?
The claimed temple area is now 100 rai, due to farmers / villagers encroaching on the old land?
The renovation work is costing 100 million baht & will take another 18 months to complete the job.
The viharn is being built with golden teak in a unique Tai Lue - Lanna style, and it certainly does look different.
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The abbot is a Tai Lue from Chiang Kham & once spent 10 years with Kruba Boonchum, the famous "cave monk" in Myanmar.
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A work in progress, the abbot says the timber has been donated by the local villagers.

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When the renovations are complete Kruba Boonchum is supposedly coming for the "Grand re-opening" of the temple.
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The young tradesman - sculptor - monk had some impressive tattoos.
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Thanks to Dave DKT for the company on the day.
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Wat Phra That Ton Fang is well worth a visit to observe the work in progress.

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Great discovery ... so many places to bookmark, just around the corner :); another important site for Lanna history . Thank you for these valuable information :)
 

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Wat Phra That Ton Fang
is further east again from the Khun Khuan Museum
There once was a very old wat here, obviously with some important historical significance.
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A chat with one of the monks says that site is hundreds of years old and once covered 400 rai, with scores of chedis in the area?
The claimed temple area is now 100 rai, due to farmers / villagers encroaching on the old land?
The renovation work is costing 100 million baht & will take another 18 months to complete the job.
The viharn is being built with golden teak in a unique Tai Lue - Lanna style, and it certainly does look different.
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The abbot is a Tai Lue from Chiang Kham & once spent 10 years with Kruba Boonchum, the famous "cave monk" in Myanmar.
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A work in progress, the abbot says the timber has been donated by the local villagers.

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When the renovations are complete Kruba Boonchum is supposedly coming for the "Grand re-opening" of the temple.
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The young tradesman - sculptor - monk had some impressive tattoos.
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Thanks to Dave DKT for the company on the day.
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Wat Phra That Ton Fang is well worth a visit to observe the work in progress.

Accommodation in Pong

Restaurants in Pong
Beautiful photos David. Thanks for sharing. Thor