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Walking to visit the temples in the old city

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  • Post last modified:January 2, 2022

Make a leisure day by your own and finding things to do around the old city while we take a break for laundry day after long journey. Or if you’ve got jet lag when arrive Chiang Mai.

The outdoor activities or go into the natural light outside to help adjust the body’s life clock and get used to the present time.

And when you have free time, you probably will visit these temples.


Let’s try to pay respect to the Buddha images at 9 temples

Thai people often to do that, especially when celebrate a good day i.e. New Year, Birth Day or Major Event. They do for a good fortune and favorable things. This is Thai way and hope.

Number Nine is a best number have homophones means progress and step forward. Each of two the words having the same pronunciation but different spelling, for example new and knew.

Moreover, temples with names, or temples with the names of the Buddha s images related to mightiness, victory, fame and good fortune are popular to get into pay respect.

And they must go to pay respect the city pillar shrine, wish for security and stability.

The old city area have a lot of temples and open in a day time, you will found and most no admission fee except Wat Chedi Luang.

Please be noted that : Follow local customs and respect beliefs when visiting sacred sites and dress properly.

Here are the 5 top places in Chiang Mai’s Old City.

I just only show you for a popular temples and then you can finding your own. It maybe on the right next door or dot on the way walk. You might find a special restaurant, coffee shop and Thai massage. Have fun.

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1. Wat Chedi Luang

Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai is one of the more popular temples for foreign visitors. In the heart of the Old City, it is easy to reach as it’s near many hostels and restaurants.

This massive red brick is 80 meters high and was once the tallest building in the Lanna Kingdom when it was built in the 1400’s. The ruins of a large pagoda which was damaged in an earthquake in 1545.

The temple was once home to one of Thailand’s holiest Buddhist statues, the Emerald Buddha which now resides in Bangkok’s Grand Palace.

Wat Chedi Luang is the same name the temple in Chiang Saen Ancient City.

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2. Wat Phar Singh

Wat Phra Singh is one of the best temples in Chiang Mai because it’s the Old City’s most visually stunning temple. The temple was constructed in 1345’s.

Besides the featuring classic Lanna style, the temple’s main draw is glittering gold architecture. Sometimes called the Gold Temple for a good reason. This is the most revered temple in the old city.

3. Wat Chiang Man

Wat Chiang Man was built in the 13th century by one of the city’s founders and first Lanna King, King Meng Rai. The temple is a part of Chiang Mai’s history, and as such contains the oldest mention of the city’s founding date.

A stone steel in front of the ordination hall notes the 12th of April, 1296 CE as the date Chiang Mai was founded. One of the best Chiang Mai temples is also one of the oldest in the region.

4. Wat Pan Tao

More modest looking than its neighbor, Wat Pan Tao, this peaceful wooden temple and garden is much less crowded than others in the Old City.

The Viharn ( chapel ) is one of the last remaining all-wood structures in the city. Its charming interior is made out of a dark teakwood and was formerly a royal residence.

pan tao

5. Three Kings Monument

Located in front of the Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center, the monument pays homage to the three founders and kings of Chiang Mai: King Meng Rai, King Ngam Muang of Payao, and King Ram Kham Haeng of Sukhothai.

According to legend, the kings swore an oath of alliance to protect their territories in, at that time, the harsh northern Thailand region. Observing the monument, it appears that the three are in the midst of forming that pact.

What’s the best way to see them?

Walking is one option. Just a polite dress and walking shoes. Go outside and start walking. No visit to Chiang Mai is complete without a temple tour. 

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