If Camera Obscura, the inventor of the pinhole camera, had visited Wat Phra That Chom Ping in his lifetime, we are sure he would have become successful in the career much earlier than he did. The miracle held at Wat Phra That Chom Ping is something you only have to see with your own eyes to believe.
When you look at the chapel outside, you may wonder what makes Wat Phra That Chom Ping such a popular place with so many visitors from all around the country. The “miracle” we are talking about is the reflection of the gold Chedi that appears from a small hole in the window in its actual colors. It can be seen any time when there is light outside, and it is even more stunning when the hall is dark.
Another interesting feature that makes Wat Phra That Chom Ping different from other temples is the paintings on the walls that were created by local painters who creatively blended traditional and modern art together. The pictures demonstrate the stories of the Buddha’s last life as a Bhodisattva and the Guatama Buddha’s life with some familiar characters that may look a bit too fashionable. Because apparently pleated skirts were a thing 2500 something years ago, according to this particular piece of art.
With only simple Lanna architecture and a gold Chedi that holds the Buddha’s relics, this temple seems nothing out of the ordinary. But once you get in the main ordination hall, what lays in front of you will make your jaw drop. Wat Phra That Chom Ping sets a perfect example of the saying “Don’t judge the book by its cover.”
From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1 and Highway No. 32 to Nakhon Sawan passing Sing Buri and Chai Nat. Then get back onto Highway No. 1 heading to Lampang. Once you reach the province, continue on the same route you would use for the famous Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. At the District’s governmental office, turn left and continue for 17 kilometers until you reach the destination.