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Tha Phae Gate, Chiang Mai

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Landmark Tourist Spot
A popular meeting spot for both locals and tourists, Tha Phae Gate remains one of the city's most important historical monuments. Dating back to the 13th century, the gate was built as part of an extensive fortification system, constructed to protect the city from Burmese invasion. Stand here and imagine how for centuries traveling traders, monks, and foreign emissaries passed through this main entrance to the city. On Sundays a street market springs up here, where you can find everything from handicrafts to clothes and jewelry. Work out when and for how long to visit Tha Phae Gate and other Chiang Mai attractions using our handy Chiang Mai family vacation planner.
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  • Visited Tha Phae Gate with my family on June 4th. Many people in the gate as well as monks. Doves crowded the grounds. We took this entrance in the old city on our way to check out their temples and w...  more »
  • There is nothing to really go and see other than that its importance is that it is an entry to Old Town. Impressive structure and you are bound to pass by several times during your stay here. The nigh...  more »
  • It used to be an entrance into the old city. Now it's populated by pigeons who eat from tourists' hands as they get their photo taken....  more »
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  • It's a reconstruction of the old gate but you can really see it's not old so it's not very appealing. It would have been nice if they had applied some old techniques and materials to make it look aged and authentic. Nevertheless I appreciate the fact that they tried to revive and conserve a piece of history and if you look at it that way it's nice to see. Also I like the small square in front of it with all the people taking pictures and feeding pigeons.
  • Ancient portion of the old city wall and gate. You feel the weight of history standing in it's shadow. There are always a lot of people here and events at various times throughout the year.
  • If you want to visit Thailand, the Songkran Festival (Thai New Year) is a must-experience event! It's a 3-day country-wide water fight for people of all ages. It's insane and awesomely fun!! Tha Phae Gate is one of many places to hang out and enjoy the festivities. Music, food, friendly people, and of course, water everywhere. You will be soaked! :-)
  • We walked our way here to enter the old city. And we also used it as a meeting place before we go to the temple tour in the mountains west. There is a Starbucks and a McDonald's here and the latter is more accessible.
  • There is nothing here but a crumbling brick wall that isn't over 100 years old. The corners are much more interesting, but walking on them, sitting on them is not acceptable. For one thing, these are considered spiritual places by the local people who provide offerings there. This isn't just some old fort walls to trample around.