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by Ian Marshall (subscribe)
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Published October 27th 2012
Three Kings, One City
The Three Kings Monument smack bang in the Centre of Chiang Mai Old City celebrates the Kings who came together to found the city.

King Mengrai, King Ramkamhaeng of Sukothai and King Ngam Muang of Payao came together in 1296 in an oath of fellowship in order to protect their lands and work together to start a new settlement.

Three Kings
Three Kings

King Mengrai was looking for a place to site the capital of his Lanna kingdom and the city was named Nopburi Sri Nahkon Ping Chiang Mai.

The Chiang Mai Art and Cultural Centre which stands behind the statue was originally a temple Wat Sadoe Muang and on this site was also the city pillar which has since been moved to Wat Chedi Luang

Locals leave offerings at the foot of the statue as if it was a shrine but for tourists the square isn't much to see really, there is a museum nearby and teenagers skateboard around here at night but it's worth a look as you pass by.

Kings closer
Kings closer
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Why? History
Where: Central Chiang Mai
Cost: Free
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