By bus the journey from Sakon Nakhon to Lampang is scheduled to take 13 hours 15 minutes.
Bus Timetable from Sakon Nakhon to Lampang
Click on the Sakon Nakhon – Lampang link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Sakon Nakhon - Lampang ฿ 822 12h 30m
Bus Stop in Sakon Nakhon
Bus services to Lampang depart from Sakon Nakhon Bus Terminal 2, That Na Weng, Mueang Sakon Nakhon District, Sakon Nakhon 47000.
Arrival in Lampang
Bus services from Sakon Nakhon terminate at Lampang Bus Terminal, Jant Surin, Phrabat, Mueang Lampang District, Lampang 52000.
Wat Phra Kaew in Lampang
Wat Phra Kaew, also known as Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao, is one of four temples in Thailand’s Northern Region to have hosted the famous Emerald Buddha, which now resides in the temple attached to the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
According to legend the Emerald Buddha statue was found when a bolt of lightning hit the chedi of a temple in Chiang Rai. In 1434 the Lanna King ordered that the Buddha statue be carried on the back of a white elephant to the Lanna capital city of Chiang Mai. The elephant, so the legend goes, refused to go to Chiang Mai and walked to Lampang instead.
The statue was then kept at what become later known as Wat Phra Kaew until 1468 until finally being taken to Chiang Mai. In the grounds of the temple there is a statue of the white elephant with the Emerald Buddha on its back.
Wat Phra Kaew was most likely built in the 14th Century some time before the Emerald Buddha was enshrined there. Indeed, the local belief is that the main chedi at the temple was built over the top of a chedi constructed in the 7th Century by the earlier Hariphunchai Kingdom whose capital city was in nearby Lamphun. As well as the 50 metre high chedi, which is the only surviving part of the original temple, Wat Phra Kaew features a very beautiful Burmese style mondop (square building with pyramidal roof) built in 1909, an ordination hall built in 1924 and an impressive prayer hall built in 1927.