The Tangible Heritage of Chiang Mai and North Thailand

Ruins of Wiang Kum Kam

The Tangible Heritage of Chiang Mai consists of ruins, buildings, temples, the city walls, heritage houses, churches and pagodas. I hope I didn’t forget anything. It should start of course with Wiang Kum Kam, the long-neglected first settlement with brick structures. King Mangrai founded Wiang Kum Kam in 1282AD. Temples in Lamphun predate those of Wiang Kum Kam. Only in the 1980s, Thai archaeologists started excavating Wiang Kum Kam. We highly recommend visiting the ruins of Wiang Kum Kam. Don’t forget to start with the very informative visitor centre. Just click on the picture to go the Wiang Kum Kam page.

Ruin with Buddha statue
Wat That Kao

The Charoenprathet Road Heritage Houses

The Charoenprathet road runs parallel to the Ping River from Chang Klan to Thapae Roads. There are several significant historical places and heritage houses on this street. There are churches, mosques, schools, former consulates and houses that are part of Chiang Mai’s tangible heritage. Just click on the picture to go the Charoenprathet Heritage Houses.

Old colonial style building
Former British Consulate building

The Thapae Road Heritage Houses

After the opening of the railroad from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 1922 Thapae Road became the centre of economic activity in Chiang Mai. Most of the iconic houses on this street date from around that period. To learn more about the Thapae Road Heritage Houses, please click on below picture.

Colonial Style House
Raming Tea House

Chiang Mai Historical Houses and Buildings

Chiang Mai Historical Houses and Buildings is a collection of significant houses and buildings in and around the old city. If you want to learn more about this, please click on the picture below.

old colonial style building
Lanna Folk Life Museum

The Ruins of Wiang Thakan

Wiang Thakan is an ancient settlement and archaeological site, about 35 km south of Chiang Mai. Wiang Thakan is a bit an overlooked destination. It is a very interesting place if you go a bit further than the main ruin Wat Klang Wiang. If you want to learn more about this, please click on the picture below.

Bicycle with two chedis in the background
Wat Klang Wiang with bicycle