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Lampang City and Its Attractions

by Dr. David
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The city of Lampang is a unique, extraordinary city that was once rendered a large trade and commercial center of the north area, and nowadays allows for an interesting combination of the old and new. It’s the only city in Thailand where horse carriages are still in use and have thus become one of the city’s symbols and is certainly a place worth a visit.

♥ The city and its attractions are included in our private luxury tours to the area.

The populated history of Lampang dates back 1000 years back, and during this long period the rule has been moved from the Kamer kingdom (Cambodia) to Lanna, the Burmese (Myanmar), and then the kingdom of Sukhothai

Each culture that ruled the area for some time has left its mark is through temples, special structures, arts, etc. – so to this day, the various influences are evident in the city, giving it a unique nature not to be found elsewhere.

The city’s official, commercial symbol is a rooster, so you can easily find rooster decorated ceramic-shaped designs across the city, as well as local kitchenware adorned with the motif – that are produced in one of the many modern factories.

In the city of Lampang, you’ll find a unique attraction that’s not available anywhere else in Thailand – the horse carriages – along with other attractions as the Weekend Market, Ban Sao Nak – an impressive teak-wood structure on pillars – and an ancient, beautiful temple – that is known as one of the most impressive in Thailand.

In recent years, Lampang city saw the opening of places to hang out, pubs, and modern restaurants, so the old/new traditional/modern mix gives the city a unique vibe.

Lampang Attractions

Horse Carriages

One of the most exceptional things you will not find elsewhere in Thailand is the use of horse carriages for transfer, which made the city known as Muang Rot Ma (the horse carriage city), as it became a prominent symbol.

The Weekend Market

Much like the city, the market known as Kad Kong Ta is one of its kind not because of the commodities offered, but thanks to the unique atmosphere and surrounding setting. one of the most exceptional things you will not find elsewhere in Thailand is the use of horse carriages for transfer, which made the city known as Muang Rot Ma (the horse carriages city), as it became a prominent symbol. This pedestrian zone is available only on weekends.

Ceramics Factories and Outlets

Lampang and its surroundings are heaven to ceramics enthusiasts who adore decorative and kitchenware sets – all with beautiful, modern designs. The area features many factories exporting their products to Europe, as well as outlet shops to feast the eyes and purchase at affordable prices.

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

This Lanna-styled temple is one of the most impressive in Thailand, one of the oldest wooden structures, and one of the most famous, popular attractions of Lampang city.

Ban Sao Nak

This impressive teak-wood structure on pillars is more than 100 years old. The original private house was built in 1895 and designed in a mixed style of Burmese/Lanna. Today, it serves as a museum exhibiting many products that providing a glimpse into the local life and culture of the time.

Conclusion

The city of Lampang is a unique, extraordinary city that was once a large northern trade center, and nowadays provides an interesting mixture of old and new. It’s the only city in Thailand where horse carriages are still in use and have thus become one of Lampang’s symbols and is certainly a place worth a visit.

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