History states that in the year 1288, King Mengrai relocated the capital of the Lan Na Kingdom to the old city of Wiang Kum Kam. From the former capital Chiang Rai, the capital was moved to the old city on the banks of the Ping River. Although proven to be a good strategic location with many advantages in terms of the city’s defense and trade, the area was low-lying and was extremely prone to flooding, forcing the king to look for a better location for his capital.
In 1926, King Mengrai chose a new site for his capital on the opposite site of the Ping River, the city now known as Chiang Mai. The city [Read more…]