Nan National Museum
The Nan National Museum is located just before the city, was constructed in 1903 as the residence of Phrachao Suriyaphong Pharitdeg, the lord of Nan. In 1931, his descendants donated the building to the government. In 1973 the Fine Arts Department was permitted to use this building and location for establishing the National Museum. The museum has displays of various kinds of artifacts of various ethnic groups round in the province; there are exhibits on Nan history, archaeology, weapons, ceramics and religious art. The museum exhibits also a wide collection of Buddha images. The highlight of the museum is a Black (in fact reddish-brown) Elephant Tusk, measuring 97 cm. long and, 47 cm. in circumference and weighing in at 18kg. Visitors can buy book on Thai art and archaeology in a building adjacent to the museum. The museum is open Wednesday-Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The temple was built in 1596, is noted for its architecture and murals. Wat Phumin has unusual characteristics compared to other monasteries in general. Four Buddha images of Sukhothai style with their backs against one another are installed in the main hall facing the four directions. Other attractive items of this monastery are very splendid wood carving doors placed in the four directions, designed by Lanna Thai artisans and impressive mural paintings displaying ways of lives and cultures of the past, visitors can see pictures of men and women wearing ornaments, the most famous paintings at Wat Phumin show a couple of lovers where the man is whispering to the ear of the woman.
Wat Suan Tan
Wat Suan Tan is located in Tambon Nai Wiang. It has a beautiful pagoda with several levels decorated with works of art. The temple contains a beautiful bronze Buddha image of 4.11 meters high named “Phra Chao Thong Thip” which is a mixture of Lanna and Sukhothai styles, this Buddha has been in the Wat for over 500 years, it could be cast by a king of Chiang Mai celebrating the conquest of Nan in 1449. Locals used the area of temple for celebration during the Songkran Festival, where fireworks displays takes place all day and night.
Wat Phra That Chang Kham
This is the second most important Wat in the city (After Wat Phra That Chae Haeng), translated literally as the “temple carried by elephants” is located opposite the Nan National Museum, its main feature are its 24 elephant sculptures adorning around the chedi. The two shrines contain some marvelous Sukhothai-style statues of Buddha. The temple is also famous by having the largest Tripitaka library in Thailand, but it is now empty.
Wat Phra That Chae Haeng
Since 1355, Wat Phra That Chae Haeng is the most revered Wat in Nan. It features a 55 meter-tall golden chedi of Lao-style containing a holy Relic from Sukhothai. This is the centre of a religious festival that takes place during the full moon of the fourth lunar month. It is located about 2 kilometers from town on Highway N° 1168.
Wat Phra That Khao Noi
Wat Phra That Khao Noi is located on the top of Khao Noi Hill, 2 kilometers west of Nan town. Its stupa is in the Chiang-Saen style. It is a good view point to appreciate the entire Nan Town; the temple can be easily accessed by a road.