Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao Suchada Ram is a very important temple in Thailand as it housed the Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha Image, for 32 years. With the outstanding architecture influenced by the Lanna, Burmese, and Shan cultures, this temple is another spot in Lampang visitors come for miles to see.
According to the legend, a wealthy lady named Mae Suchada who lived in the area over 500 years ago had offered a watermelon to the monk at Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao. When he opened it, there was a green gem stone sitting inside the fruit so he took that as an omen and hired a local craftsman to carve this stone into a Buddha image. Later on, Mae Suchada and this monk were accused for having an affair so the monk fled away after bringing this Buddha image to Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, while Mae Suchada was executed. The local people found out later that it was a misunderstanding so they collected money to build a temple near Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao as an apology for Mae Suchada’s spirit; it was name Wat Suchada Ram. In 1984, these two nearby temples were combined together by the Ministry of Education.
Some interesting structures at Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao Suchada Ram include the large Chedi where the Lord Buddha’s hair relics are enshrined, the Chiang Saen-style Ubosod with the beautiful murals inside, the reclining Buddha believed to be over 1,000 years old together with the Burmese-style Mondop decorated with colorful glass pieces and western-style cupid figures. Although inspired by several different cultures, these architectures all have their own stunning uniqueness like puzzle pieces that connect together to make Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao Suchada Ram whole.
After seeing Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao Suchada Ram, why not make Wat Phra That Lampang Luang your next stop to see the legendary green Buddha? It is only 20 kilometers away down the same highway which also offers a scenic view for you to enjoy.
Use Highway No. 1 (Phaholyothin) heading to Ngao District, Lampang. You will pass the Lampang Hospital before reaching the intersection to take a left turn onto Tha Ma-O Road. There will be another intersection; take a right here onto Phra Kaew Road. Continue for 1 kilometer, you will see the destination straight ahead on a hill.