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Lampang History, Thailand

Understanding the history of Lampang

Lampang is one of the earliest cities and boasts a rich historical background. The city is a highly popular one for its attractive feature of the horse-drawn carriages along with the rooster that serves as the provincial emblem of the town. The history of Lampang flaunts of the Wang River basin human settlements some of which date back to approximately 1000 years. This highly beautiful and serene city is widely known for its rich archaeological substantiation of reflecting the earliest civilizations of Burma, Lanna and Hariphunchai.

The history of Lampang affirms that the city was built in the 680 A.D. According to the historical record of Yonok, Suphrom Rusei, a hermit. This town was first named Kelang Nakorn but was later changed to Nakorn Lampang. In the reign of Yonok Chiangsaen, Lampang was ruled under the control of Khmer. Then it was later established by Chaing Mai and Berma in the period of King Thonburi around 250 years ago. Later, Lampang’s Lord, Tipchang who fought for the city’s independence recognized himself as the Phraya Sulavaluechaisongkram in the year 1736.

Lampang’s history states that in 1764, Prince Kaewfa, the son of Lord Tipchang, ruled this city and was also the first forebear of the Na Lamphune, Na Chiang Mai and Na Lampang family. The last monarch of this town was Prince Boonyawat Vongmanit. This magnificent city was accepted as a province of Thailand in the year 1892 under King Rama V’s reign.

Lampang is found to be the ancient provincial establishment of Thailand. Just like the other kingdoms of Lanna like Chiang Rai, Lampang was also occupied by Burmese for about a period of two centuries.

As a result of the huge array of pony or horse drawn carriages, Lampang is also commonly called as “meuang rot ma” that means ‘horse carriage city’.

So, while in Lampang, do not forget to enjoy the carriage ride with your family and friends.

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