Wat Ming Mueang

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Wat Ming Mueang (วัดมิ่งเมือง) is located at the intersection of Trai Rat and Banpha prakan Roads or Khua Dam Intersection. It was originally, a Shan temple called Wat Ngiao or locally called Wat Chang Mup meaning The Temple of Crouching Elephants. Among the historical attractions and artefacts are the gorgeous gilded wooden wihan in Shan and Lanna designs – the only one left in Chiang Rai. The inner ceiling decoration features the Tribhumikatha – Three Sphers – story and swan roof ridge decorations. Enshrined here is the principal Buddha statue in the Chiang Saen Sing 1 style Luangpho Phra Si Ming Mueang a 400 year-old gilded stucco Buddha image with a lap of 80 inches wide. Located in front is the ancient pond Bo Nam Chang Mup featuring an arch adorned with a statue of a crouching elephant facing east. At the back is the Lanna style chedi- Phrathat Ming Mueang- enshrining the Lord Buddha’s relics – adorned with a golden umbrella in the Burmese art.

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