on Sam Lan Road, this lovely temple dates from 1345 and is one of the
focal points of Songkran festivities each April 13-15 when people bathe
the revered Phra Phutthasihing Buddha image. The temple compound includes
the lovely Lai Kham chapel with its exquisite woodcarvings and
northern-style murals, and a magnificent scriptural repository with
striking bas relief.
on Suthep Road, this temple was built in a 14th century Lanna Thai
monarch’s pleasure gardens and is a favourite spot for photographers,
particularly for striking sunsets. Several of the white Chedis (pagodas)
contain ashes of Chiang Mai a former royal family. The 500-year-old bronze
Buddha image in a secondary chapel is one of Thailand’s largest metal
on Ratchaphakkhinai Road, this is Chiang Mai’s oldest temple and
probably dates from 1296. The temple was the residence of King Mengrai,
who founded Chiang Mai, and is noteworthy for a Chedi supported by rows of
elephantine buttresses, and a small ancient Buddha image, Phra Kaeo Khao.
temple is near the Chiang Mai Stadium. It is noteworthy for an unusual
bulbous pagoda. The structure is decorated with colourful porcelain chips
and is believed to represent five Buddhist monks’ alms bowls which
symbolise five Lord Buddhas.
on Phra Pokklao Road, this temple is the site of an enormous pagoda,
originally 280 feet high, and which was partially destroyed by an
earthquake in 1545. At one time, Wat Chedi Luang housed the revered
Emerald Buddha image now enshrined in Bangkok’s Wat Phra Kaeo. One of
the temple’s most striking architectural features is a magnificent Naga
(mythical serpent) staircase adorns the chapel’s front porch.
on Super Highway, north of the Huai Kaeo Nimmanhemin Roads intersection.
This temple dates from 1458. The seven spired square Chedi was inspired by
designs at Bodhagaya, the site of the Buddha’s Enlightenment in north
India over 2,500 years ago, and was built by Lanna Thai architects after
visiting the holy site.
on Suthep Road in a bucolic forest setting, this delightful meditation
temple is completely different from Chiang Mai’s other major temples. It
was built in 1296. The ancient Chedi is of particular interest.
Mai National Museum
is located beside Wat Chet Yot. The museum houses a collection of Lanna
Thai works of art, ancient Buddha images, and war weapons. It is open
daily, except Mondays, Tuesdays and official holidays, from 9.00 a.m.
until noon, and 1.00 until 4.00 p.m.