Tha Phae Gate, Chiang Mai

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. Tha Phae Gate is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Chiang Mai Edition.
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  • This an essential part of Chiang Mai, now and and in its history. Worth a visit on foot. Beware of tourists who insist on feeding the dreadful pigeons, so much so that you can hard,y walk in some plac...  more »
  • Tapae gate and the place is actually pretty nice. There also many events take place. Unfortunately, the place is full of pigeons, which are fed by Chinese tourists in spite of many signs at the time.
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  • To ... It's perfect for photos, yellow-brown old gates ... can also feed the pigeons ... The other seems to be nothing, nearby is the moat and some shops ... Suitable for taking photos, suitable for taking photos, suitable for taking photos ...
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  • The Tha Phae Gate is fun most all the time...the curious and the photographer will find many tourists and locals there at this wide open area that is a main gathering point every day and specially the many festivals where you can join in and be a part of the festivities. This Gate leads directly to the old city its charm and the unusual. SUMDAY is the best the streets are closed for the Sunday walking street ...shoulder to shoulder it is packed with this that and allot of the other, food and crafts. basically find most anything in a square kilometer of the main Gate...please party respectfully but its a blast...Of the many interesting places there are in Chiang Mai this is a good starting point to return time after time...Enjoy and Explore...LJG
  • Tha Phae Gate is one of 4 entry points into the old city - a hub and central meeting point for locals and visitors alike. A showcase center for all local holidays and festivities. One could be content to just sit for a short while and watch the comings & goings of people from all over the world. The Sunday Walking Street Market, on the inner side of the gate, is a must see/visit for every visitor to the city of Chiang Mai. ~ Enjoy!
  • Nice photo opportunity. Lots of tourists trying to get the pigeons to fly up for a good photo but they have become immune to this trick and stick around for the food that is sold there just for them and the fish. Be aware occasionally a motor cycle will take the short cut thru the heavily photographed old Gate. Often the large open area filled with Events, stages or markets. Sort of like the only public square for CM. Usually full of Chinese visitors.
  • It's a good historical site, especially if you're in Chiang Mai, that you don't want to miss. It marks the start/end of the famous walking market, but is also over populated with tourists and hawkers selling random things, which spoils the entire experience. Has many food and drink joints around it, so you can always swing by for coffee or a meal; prices are quite reasonable.
  • Lots of history here. There's a square you can wander around and takes pictures of the gate from. This seems to be the heart of the tourist area. Head east for the night market. Head west into the old city and you are on the Sunday walking street (lots of art and craft and food stalls on a Sunday from late afternoon onwards)
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