The History of Sutthajitto Art Gallery

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reviously was called ‘Sala Loha’ (pavilion of metal). It was built as a memorial to three great monks; one being Kruba Srivichai, the initiator of the construction of the road to Doi Suthep. The 2nd monk is Kruba Inta-Intapunyo and Kruba Bunpun Punyakamo the ex-abbot of the temple.

The present Abbot of the Temple, together with the villagers of Wua Lai, initiated the building of Sutthajitto Art Gallery in B.E. 2545 (2002). The committee who joined this building were Mr.Prawit Thepmongkol, Mr.Manoon Chaitip, Mr.Chumras Prasassuwan, Mr.Sripol Boonchaleaw, Mr.Tuan Kaewkiriya, Mr.Chan Tiemtamanee, Mr.Wisun Tawinwisan, Mr.Somchai Thanunchai and Mr.Sanit Boonlan.

The architecture of the gallery is in the modern Lanna style, with silver, nickel and aluminum as its main decorative materials. There are 2 stairs on the left and the right. The gallery width is 6.50 meters and length 12.1 meters. The building structure was designed by Mr. Amnuay Nantakas, and the decorative patterns were designed by Mr. Jirasak Kawila, the head craftsman. The decoration shows Wua Lai patterns mixed with Thai Rattanakosin patterns, as well as pictures depicting the history of Wua Lai. Many Wualai craftsmans had participated in decorating this gallery, both men and women. The opening ceremony was on November 9th, 2002 with Kruba Duangdee Suputto from Wat Tha Chumpee, San Kam Pang, Chiang Mai was the chairman of the ceremony.

The objectives of building Sutthajitto Art Gallery are:

  1. To place the waxworks of the three great monks who were the beloved monks of Wualai people.
  2. To conserve the Thai Lanna patterns which are the Wualai identity.
  3. To be a learning center of Thai Lanna Patterns for students and others.
  4. To be a place to pay respect for the three great monks.
  5. To show the grateful for the ancestor who had pass on the silver making knowledge to their offspring.
  6. To promote this temple to be the religious tourist attraction.
  7. To help promote an employment in the community.
  8. To train the new craftsmen to get the knowledge of making silverware.