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The Kingdoms of Thailand

The Haripunchai Kingdom, the Mon Kingdom of Lumphun

  • When visiting Lamphun you should realise that people have inhabited the area continuously since 300 B.C.E. Iron implements and unglazed pottery have been dated from ancient burial sites. The first known inhabitants were the Lawa.In 750 at the request of a local hermit, a daughter of the Mon King of Lop Buri (in Central Thailand) was invited to come to Lamphun to rule. This she did and in doing so brought with her monks representing the Theravada Buddhist sect. Subsequently her two children became rulers of Lumphun and Khelang (now Lampang). Lamphun has many Mon relics but there are few in Lampang. There is virtually no recorded history until 1218.