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Murals Of Wat Phumin & Wat Nong Bua at Nan, Northern Thailand


Mural at Wat Phumin Nan


  • Wat Phumin, Nan’s most celebrated temple, was founded in 1497 and subsequently restored in 1867. Remarkable for it unusual cruciform shape, the central Ubosoth is surrounded by four large Sukhothai style Buddha images set into the four walls.
  • What really distinguishes Wat Phumin, however, are the remarkable 19th century murals which adorn the temple. Recently restored, these paintings are both characteristic of the contemporaneous art of the northern principalities, and a charming record of secular (as well as religious) society in Nan during the late 19 th century.
  • It seems probable that the artists who originally executed these works were Tai Lu migrants from Sipsongpanna in Yunnan. Painted during the early years of the reign of King Chulalongkorn (1868-1910), Nan was an almost completely independent fiefdom paying little more than nominal tribute to Bangkok at the time.
  • The murals are notable for their stylishness and clarity, besides offering a fascinating glimpse of the dress, fashions, tattoos, lifestyles and social amusements of the time. Many of the subjects, for example, are smoking hand-rolled cheroots, whilst the women, generally long-tressed and naked to the waist, go about their everyday business of weaving, going to market, and even flirting with the young Khon Muang men.



Wat Phumin Mural Nan Thailand



Wat Phumin Mural Nan Thailand