Wat Chaloem Phrakiat Phrachomklao Rachanuson, Lampang Province

Wat Chaloem Phrakiat Phrachomklao Rachanuson, Lampang Province

 

     You must navigate 800-meter climbing through stairs as steep as 35 degree angles or sharper to reach one or two pagodas perched on top of Pu Yak mountain.

     All pagodas were opened to public access, many able-bodied visitors will find it extremely challenging to reach the pagodas resting on mountain tops.

     The people who built the pagodas must have tapped on tons of their determination and deep reserve of physical strength to do what they have done.

     Whether one is a Buddhist or not, religious or not, taking the hike is worth it. One can truly feel the greatness of this place and really appreciate what the people behind the scene have accomplished.

     This temple can be segmented into three levels.

     The first level is the ground-base where visitors can park their cars and take a rough and not-so-rough 10-15-minute ride up to the middle level. You can hear and feel how the pickup trucks are tormented on going up or down the single lane road connecting the ground-base to the middle level.

     From the middle level, visitors can either start the 800 meters climb to the upper level or take a detour down to visit the pavilion of Guanyin Bodhisattva that showcases a 49-inch Uthong Udomsup Buddha image containing relics of the Buddha.

     There are also gigantic foot prints in the pavilion which are sacred to Buddhists.

     Wat Chalermprakiat is one of four temples with similar build profile completed by Phrathep Visutthiyarn (Luangpor Paiboon Sumungkalo), abbot of Wat Analayo Thippayaram (Doi Bussarakum) in Phayao province.