This temple is an important ancient site in Lamphun province. According to legend, when the Lord Buddha visited the area he instructed the monks to wash their robes and dry them on the cliffs. The cliff face today has an appearance of drying robe on it. The Buddha is also believed to have prayed here and left his footprint on Lan Pha Lad, where the temple sits today. On the hill behind the temple sits a pagoda which has characteristics of the Hariphunchai era and also resembles Chiang Mai’s Doi Suthep’s pagoda. There is a naga flanked staircase with 469 steps to climb. The Lord Buddha’s bathing footprint festival is held annually on Atthami Puja Day, a day to commemorate the Lord Buddha’s funeral, on the eight day of the waning moon of the eighth lunar month.
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