Wat Nong Bua is one of the most renowned temples in Nan province along with Wat Phumin. It is thought to be moved to the present location during the reign of King Rama IV. The history of the temple stretches back as far as the history of the Thai Lu tribe, the area’s proud inhabitants.
According to the legend, Wat Nong Bua was built by local townsmen so the architectural style is not as complex as it is at other temples. However, it holds the elegance that is hard to compare. The interior decoration is unique but simple enough to not take away the attention from the wall murals, the most outstanding feature of the temple that reflects the life of the Nan locals back in King Mongkut’s days.
Once you arrive at Wat Nong Bua, you will be greeted by with the live Thai music from local volunteers. The temple also collects valuable artifacts and small Buddha images passed down from Lanna’s most glorious years. With very beautiful little factor that blends together so well with the peaceful character of the Thai Lu village, do not be surprised if you find yourself in the atmosphere of 100 years ago.
If you like the paintings and feel inspired, do not hesitate to visit the village’s cultural center where you can find local hand-woven silk as worn by the ladies on the walls and learn about the long history of the village. There are also displays of traditional collectibles and gadgets that are worth learning about.
From Nan city center, take Highway No. 1080 and turn left at the 40th kilometer marker. After you cross the bridge, continue for approximately 3 kilometers and you will reach the Nong Bua Village.