Wat Pong Sanuk is a significant temple of Lampang. It consists of two temples: Wat Pong Sanuk Nuea and Wat Pong Sanuk Tai (located side by side) that was presumably built in the reign of King Anantayot, a son of Queen Chammathewi of the Hariphunchai Kingdom (Lamphun province). He came to build the city of Khelang Nakhon (Lampang province) in 680 A.D. Wat Pong Sanuk used to be called by many names.
According to stone inscriptions found in several places, there were four names: Wat Si Chom Khlai, Wat Si Chiang Phum, Wat Don Kaeo, and Wat Phayao. However, the name of Pong Sanuk came from the Chiang Saen people who were captured to reside in this area.
The temple is a collection of numerous important items that are valuable in terms of art, Culture and architecture, which include Buddhist-related objects; for example, a wooden Buddha image, Sao Hong, and Pratu Khong arched door. It received the Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation (Award of Merit) from UNESCO in 2008.
Wat Pong Sanuk
Location: 60 Pong Sanuk Rd, Wiang Nuea, Mueang Lampang District, Lampang 52000 Thailand