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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  • the gates represent the new and the old Chiang Mai. a beautiful places for wasting his time several thing observed.
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  • Its really Nice place. Center of lot of activities also. Like when we were there, there was free hair cut ongoing. Stage setup where had come function and as u cross, U will enter old city with lot of...  more »
  • THA Phae Gate are the central spot of the city. Not far from him all the souks, shopping malls and hotels. Place away from the ring Canal and not far from the river. By itself, no remarkable place, part of the remnants of the ring wall.
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  • The heart of Chiang Mai, an open space next to the moat and ancient walls. On a quiet day, it's pigeon city with tourists flocking ( forgive the pun ) to feed and photo the birds. At festivals such as Sony Iran and New Year, this zone is buzzing with activity. Also home to part of the Sunday Walking Street market
  • Beautiful and old. History of Chiang mai. And a lot of options of restaurants and hotels around the gate
  • Too many pigeons now being feed by tourist even though there are sign not to feed the animals. Plenty of parasites willing to sell the food to you.
  • 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.

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