Wiang Kum Kam is an ancient city which was built during the reign of King Mangale in 1286. There are 20 ancient ruins in and around Wiang Kum Kam, including buildings and temples, which can be dated back to the 21-22 Buddhist century. Today, Wiang Kum Kam is located in the southeast of Chiang Mai, in the Saraphi district.
It was only discovered more than 20 years ago because it was under water. Many villagers have already settled here. Therefore, the Wiang Kum Kam ruins are scattered among the villages, and more than 20 sites have been developed, including nine famous sites. There are 64 Buddha statues on the Square Tower.
According to the report, Wiang Kum Kam was established earlier than Chiang Mai Town. It was the capital of the Lanna Dynasty in 1262. Because of its low terrain and frequent floods, the Lanna Dynasty finally moved to Chiang Mai. Therefore, Chiang Mai was called “new city” in Thai. After several floods, Wiang Kum Kam was gradually abandoned, until it was completely buried underground. The ancient city excavated a four-square trench, which was infused with water from the Mae Bin River as a natural moat. After many floods, the entire city was deserted and even disappeared into the world for a long time. It was not until 1984 that the Thai University of Arts repaired Wat Kam Tom next to the temple, only to discover that the ancient city was buried underground because of flooding, so it is also known as “the lost ancient city”.
If you are here for the first time and you only have one or two hours to visit there, then you can take a horse-drawn carriage tour and spend 250 Baht. If you take a sightseeing car, it will cost 15 Baht per person.