Tha Phae Gate, Chiang Mai

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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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  • Great to visit this gate, part of the old Chiang Mai city walls, in the early evening, as it's a very popular meeting point, and there is usually some form of entertainment.  more »
  • Its called a part of fort of ancient time which built to protect the city from enemy.Now just some part left,You can walk arond in the night and famous Chiang Mai night market is there.  more »
  • Into the old city gate in the old town, the most representative of the gate go on foot, so go have a look once. Pigeon is a heck of a nasty but I guess you need to leave the authentication shot though
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  • Fun place for photos. Bring something to feed the birds. They sell bags of food there but prices vary depending on how you look. I was dressed up and told 20 baht for a small bag of crushed corn and heard someone else quoted 5 baht who was clearly a backpacker. At night it gets far more interesting. We were there on the weekend and their was a didigeroo band, fire dancers, and a man singing and playing guitar in different areas near the gate. There were people roaming around selling light up toys as well. They will not have change, surprise, surprise, but will give you another toy instead.
  • It’s a nice place to see for history’s sake, but don’t plan on spending a lot of time here. It’s the old entrance to the old walled city, but now it’s just a place for magicians and performers to gather and try to entertain tourists. If you walk into the old city from here, you can see some temples and markers and better places to eat.
  • Great photogenic place to hang out and watch how people interact. Artists and performers appear in the evening and stage performances happen on Sundays and are pretty interesting. On Saturday evenings it's pretty difficult to pass through the gate onto the night walking street for sheer volume of shoppers, pass around the wall and enter from the other side. Pigeons gather in huge amounts during the day as they are fed, despite signs prohibiting feeding. A great visual reference for entering and exiting the old city
  • One of those places that you can love and hate at the same time. It is often crowded with local and distant tourists who are posing themselves or each other against the gate and the wall of the Old City of Chiang Mai. If there isn't a wedding portrait being produced when you arrive at the gate, just wait a few minutes. On a busy day there will be street musicians, a few wedding portrait sessions, a fashion shoot or two, and who knows what else happening. The pigeons are willing actors in all the productions, as long as they get fed.
  • It's a gate - that's all - in fact, not even that: just a gap in the wall. No doubt of historic relevance, but I was more fascinated by the hordes of East Asian tourists taking their glamorous holiday selfies here. Walk through it and spend your time seeing one of Chiang Mai's beautiful wats, but don't trek across town just for this. This is NOT unmissable Thailand.
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