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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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  • We have walked past at night, we have driven past in minibuses and tuktuks. This morning we decided to gave a look. It is a replica of one of the gates in the wall that surrounded the old city area. E...  more »
  • You can buy a bag of corn to feed the pigeons but the large number of greedy birds can get overwhelming.  more »
  • Nothing really interesting. Just a gate to enter the more interesting old center. The square is home for lots of pigeons of which I never clearly can see the attraction. They spread disease and yet pe...  more »
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  • 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! :-)
  • 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.
  • Ancient brick walls. Lots of pigeons here and you can get food to feed them from local people. Traffic not as bad as west side.
  • Not very spectacular. But nice to see. Very annoying pidgeons and people who sell birdfood...

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