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In Chiang Mai the past is not merely the stuff of stories and musty old history books, it is a very real part of everyday life. The city is defined by a 600 year old moat, sits in the shadow of a monastery built in the 14th century and is dotted with wats (temples) raised by kings in centuries long past.

In ancient times kings built temples to demonstrate not only their devotion, but also their wealth and power. Temples served not only as centres of faith, but also as schools and hospitals. Today, temples are still a central part of Thai life and the holy structures of Chiang Mai are living, breathing places that serve as invaluable bridges to the past, keeping the people linked to the timeless traditions of their ancestors.

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10 Must-See Temples in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is not exactly short of a temple or two. There are over 300 ‘wats’ scattered throughout the city and Read More...

Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai

Doi Suthep

Doi Suthep is a constant part of life in Chiang Mai. This mountain overlooks the city from the northwest, providing Read More...

Wat Chedi Luang

Wat Chedi Luang

Built sometime between 1385 and 1402, during the reign of King Saen Muang Ma, 7th ruler of the Mengrai dynasty, Wat Read More...

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All Temples in Chiang Mai

Wat Chang Kong

Wat Chang Kong is located on Loi Kroh Road. It was constructed by Chang Kong villagers who immigrated from Chiang Sean at the beginning of the Rama Period it now stands as an abandoned chedi which is completely surrounded by shops and dwellings on three sides.

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Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai

Doi Suthep is a constant part of life in Chiang Mai. A Thai saying goes, "If you haven't tasted Khao Soi or seen the view from Doi Suthep, you haven't been to Chiang Mai." This regal mountain overlooks the city from the northwest, providing commanding views from its summit. Aside from its dominating presence on the Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 06:00 - 18:00
  • Location: Th Huay Kaew, Doi Suthep
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Wat Bupparam

Founded by King Muang Kaew in 1497,the Viharn is Lanna Style and was previously the Royal Hall of Chao Kawilorot. The second floor is heavily adorned and features two large seated Buddha images. The white image is solid teak and was carved after a vision by King Naresuan in the late 16th century, when he defeated Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 06:00-19:00
  • Location: Thapae Road
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Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai

Wat Chedi Luang's massive chedi (pagoda) was built sometime between 1385 and 1402, during the reign of King Saen Muang Ma, 7th ruler of the Mengrai dynasty and is a distinctive feature of the Chiang Mai skyline. At its peak, the chedi measured 60 metres across at the square base and 80 metres tall and was Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 06:00 - 17:00
  • Location: Phrapokklao Road
  • Tel: +66 (0) 53 24 8604
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Wat Chiang Man

This is the oldest temple in the Chiang Mai, built in 1296 at the time of the city's founding. The temple served as the residence of Chiang Mai's founder, King Mengrai, for a time. The buildings are finely decorated in red lacquer, gold leaf and mosaics of tinted mirror, wonderful examples of Lanna style architecture. Wat Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 - 17:00
  • Location: The corner of Ratchaphakhinai Road and Phra Poklao Road soi 13
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Wat Jet Yod (Chet Yot)

On the superhighway north of the city you will find the unusual Wat Jet Yod, built in the 15th century to host the 8th World Buddhist Council. The name of the temple translates to temple of the seven spires, a reference to the very uncommon design of the temple's chedi.

Instead of the normal design, Wat Jet Yod's chedi has a square base topped by seven towers. The design is based on the Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya, India, site of the Buddha's enlightenment. Today this temple doesn't see too many visitors but does feature some intriguing bas-reliefs.

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Wat Lok Molee

Another visually striking temple in Chiang Mai is Wat Lok Moli, well-known for its three-tiered wooden roof and prime location very close to Chang Puak Gate on the north edge of the Old City. The main temple hall has been well-restored, although the weathered chedi at the back shows the temple's true age, dating back to Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 06:00 - 17:00
  • Location: Thanon Manee Nopparat Soi 2, Chiang Mai
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Wat Phan Tao

Directly adjacent to Wat Chedi Luang, although there is a wall between the two you can walk through one to get to the other. The name of this temple means 'one thousand times more'. Legend has it that this temple used to be the production base for numerous Buddha images that are now housed inside Wat Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 07:00-17:00
  • Location: Diagonally adjacent to Wat Chedi Luang, Phrapokklao Road
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Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai

Wat Phra Singh is perhaps the second most venerated temple in Chiang Mai after Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. It houses three main structures, the main attraction being the elegantly decorated Lai Kam assembly hall and its restored murals depicting the lives of locals hundreds of years ago.

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  • Opening Hours: 06:00-17:00
  • Location: Inside the old city wall, at the westernmost end of Ratchadamnoen Road
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Wat Phra That Doi Kham

Famous (mostly among locals) for its huge seated Buddha, Wat Phra That Doi Kham is one of the lesser-known temples in Chiang Mai thanks to its slightly out-of-the-way location, but nonetheless just as spectacular as many of the more popular temples in Chiang Mai. The Giant Buddha structure towers nearly 20 metres into the air, painted Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 06:00 - 18:00
  • Location: Mae Hia, Chiang Mai
  • Tel: +66 (0) 8 4373 4440
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Wat Saen Fang

This old Burmese style temple is testament to the one time Burmese occupation of Chiang Mai, with its origins going back to the 14th century.

  • Opening Hours: 06:00-17:00
  • Location: Thapae Road
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Wat Sri Suphan

Founded in 1502, very little remains of the original structures except for the old boundary markers. Instead, they have been replaced with a beautiful silver ordination hall, which is entirely covered (both inside and out) with engraved and embossed silver, nickel and aluminum panels and plated tiles. The murals inside display a combination of elements from Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 06:00 - 21:00
  • Address: 100 Wulai Road (next to the Wualai Saturday Walking Street Market)
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Wat Suan Dok in Chiang Mai

 Wat Suan Dok, built in late 14th century, houses several structures of historical significance. Among them include the principal pagoda that enshrines the Buddha’s relics, a garden of whitewashed mausoleums housing the ashes of late Chiang Mai rulers and a large open-air wiharn (assembly hall).

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  • Location: Suthep Road, about 1km east of Suan Dok Gate
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Wat Umong

Off the beaten track and more than a little odd is Wat U-Mong, which is located about 1 km south of Suthep Road, west of the canal. The halls of this temple are actually tunnels which crisscross an artificial mound.

The tales say that this temple was built for a highly revered monk who was so Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 06:00 - 17:00
  • Address: 135 Moo 10 Suthep, Chiang Mai
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Wiang Kum Kam

Located in attractive countryside about five kilometres south of Chiang Mai along the Ping River, Wiang Kum Kam is an ancient city dating back to the eighth-century Haripunchai Kingdom. Later on it served as the capital of the then Lanna Kingdom for a short while until Chiang Mai was chosen to replace it in 1296.

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  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:00
  • Location: About five km southeast of the Old City (take Route 106, or Chiang Mai – Lamphun Highway, from Chiang Mai City)
  • Tel: +66 (0)53 277 322
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