A Study Visit to Traditional Lanna Art &
Architecture in Lamphun, Lampang and Nan Provinces
Once known as the Kingdom of Lanna, northern Thailand with Chiangmai as its major city is, in fact, the original seat of Thai culture. Guarded by a high range of rugged mountains, the northern part of Thailand long remained remote from such centres of powers as Ayutthaya and Bangkok in the central plains region. Some of the earliest Thai city states were established there, eventually forming a federation known as Lanna with its own royal family and its own traditions.
Part of the special appeal of northern Thailand is that it is so different from the rest of the country. Traditional art and architecture are distinctive with the styles of the ancient Lanna Kingdom characterising the indigenous temples and religious art. Cottage industries producing numerous types of handicrafts unique to the North are still flourishing.
The people, too, are different, with the northern Thais made more varied by influences from the neighboring countries of Burma, Laos and Yunnan province of China. It was here that the great Lanna kingdom was established in the 13th century with Chiangmai as its capital. Despite mixed fortunes, including the 1558-1800 period of Burmese domination, the North retained a degree of independence until the early 20th century. This has instilled in the people a belief in their own identity and a pride in their traditional way of life.
Our study trip will take us to the ancient cities of Lamphun, Lampang and Nan where we will experience the distinct Buddhist art and architecture, mural paintings, folk art and handicrafts including woodcarving, ceramics, textiles and lacquerware.
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Day 1: Friday, 12 August 2011 (Holiday)
Meet at Nok Air Counter, Bangkok Don Mueang Airport.
Depart Bangkok Don Mueang Airport by Nok Air flight DD8306 for Chiang Mai.
Arrive at Chiang Mai Airport and proceed to Lamphun province by bus.
Visit Hariphunchai National Museum of Lamphun province.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Visit Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, Wat Ku Kut and Wat Phra Yun.
Proceed to Lampang province.
Visit Wat Phra That Lampang Luang and Wat Lai Hin in Lampang province.
Check-in at Wieng Lakon Hotel in Lampang.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Saturday, 13 August 2011
Breakfast at the hotel.
Visit Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao and proceed to Nan province.
Lunch in Phrae province and continue to Nan province.
Arrive in Nan; visit National Museum, Wat Phra That Chang Kham, Wat Phumin, Wat Phaya Phu and Wat Phayawat.
Check-in at Dhevaraj Hotel, dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Sunday, 14 August 2011
Breakfast at the hotel.
Visit Wat Phra That Chae Hang and proceed to Tha WangPha district.
Visit mural paintings at Wat Nong Bua and Thai Lue textiles shop.
Visit Thai Lue temple (Ton Leang) in Pua district.
Lunch at local restaurant in Doi Phu Kha National Park.
Visit sites of interest in the National Park and proceed to Nan Airport.
Arrive at the Airport.
Depart Nan province for Bangkok by Nok Air flight DD8823.
Arrive at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport.