Wat Phra That Chom Chaeng Temple (Phra That Chom Chaeng) is an ancient temple accompanied by a long legendary myth. It is said that Phra Maha Terajarik visited this temple to promulgate Buddhist teaching to the local people. When he arrived in year 1458, he asked a man who practiced the dharma at the temple to go and get the water for him to wash his face from the Suai River. He stayed there for 7 days before he left to other places. The monk had given the Buddha relics to be placed in Phra That. He foresaw that in the future this place will be called “Phra That Chom Chaeng” and the river, “Suai River”.
In 1939, the venerable monk Adulsihawat (Singkam) became the dean of the monks at Mae Suai sub-district and was given the superior monk at Phra That Chom Chaeng. People started to come to the temple because of his teaching which later the ceremony was created. In every full moon of 8th month, there will be a huge celebration. The venerable monk also invited local people to restore the temple where the Buddha image called “Phra Thongtip” had been located. It is believed that if you come and pray for what you wish for at this temple, you will get what you want.
How to get there:
- from Wiang Papao, drive north and take the highway 118 (Chiangmai-Chiangrai route) heading to Mae Suai district past Chiangrai winery factory, Somdej Phra Naresuan Maha Rat Shrine and Mae Suai Hospital. Then cross Lao River Bridge.
- At the end of the bridge, there is an alley on the left leading to Phra That Chom Chaeng for 200 meters. The total distance equals to 40 kilometers.