Wat Ched Yot, Chiang Mai

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Wat Chet Yot is a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. It is a centre of pilgrimage for those born in the year of the Snake.
Wat Chet Yot is located northwest of the city centre of Chiang Mai along the Super Highway Chiang Mai - Lampang, north of the intersection of Huai Kaeo road and Nimmanhemin road.
King Tilokarat commissioned the construction of the temple in 1455 CE after he had sent monks to Bagan in Burma to study the design of the Mahabodhi temple there, itself a copy of the Mahabodhi Temple of Bodh Gaya in northern India, the location where Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, attained enlightenment.
According to the Jinakālamālī chronicle, in 1455 CE the king planted a bodhi tree on the spot and in 1476 CE "had established a large sanctuary in this monastery", probably for the celebration ceremony commemorating 2000 years of Buddhism. The following year the 8th Buddhist World Council was held at Wat Chet Yot to renew the Tripitaka (the Pali Canon).
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  • We were in Chiang Mai for 5 days last November for Yi Peng (Flying Lantern Festival) and Loy Krathong (Floating Lantern Festival). We had planned a 3 day Temple circuit in the Old City.We had pin poin...  more »
  • This is a lesser visited Wat as its out of the town centre. You will need a car to get here as its just off the super highway and that is not a road you will want to walk on. Pleasant grounds with som...  more »
  • There is an antique and exquisite wooden lounge in the temple. The whole building is made of wood. It's pure design.
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  • A beautifully peaceful spot, within the city. An almost 600 year old temple, ancient bodhi tree (from Sri Lanka I believe), and lovely gardens. An auspicious temple for those born in the year of the snake. The name of the temple in English has many different spellings (Chet Yot, Jet Yot, Jed Yod, etc.) due to the conversion to Latin script, but they are all the same temple. Has a neighborhood feel and also a feeling of something more grand.
  • Consists of several temples & shrines, the most unique one is the snake temple with Indian influence. Many people come to pray as it's the full.moon day of Lunar calender.
  • Wat Maha Bodharam or Wat Jedyod was established by King Tilokarat in 1455 A.D. He ordered his artisans to imitate the styles of Mahabodhi Hall of Bodh Gaya (in India). It is assumed that the aim of this project was to celebrate the 2,000 anniversary of Buddhism. Also, he intended to make a reproduction of the place where the Lord Buddha gained the enlightenment, and to establish a temple for Udompanya, a monk who traveled back from Lanka. He also had a Bodhi tree, which the monk brought back planted here, hence the temple is named "Wat Maha Bodharama." King Tilokarat ordered the construction of Sattamahasathan or the Seven Great Places where the Lord Buddha enjoyed the bliss of enlightenment The Buddha resided in each place for seven days, so he totally spent 49 days in these places. Sattamahasathan is composed of the Diamond Throne, Animisacedi, Rattanachonkrama, Rattanagharacedi, Ajapalanigrodha (Banyan tree), Mucalinda Pond and Rajayatana The eighth Buddhist council was held in this temple in 1477 A.D., during the reign of King Tilokarat. This is considered as the first Buddhist council in Thailand. The plan and style of Mahabodhi Hall are similar with those of Mahabodhi Hall in India: the Bodhi tree is in the back of the hall; the edifices representing Sattamahasathan are situated in the same directions as those of Bodh Gaya; the hall has Sikhara tops which are reminiscent of the art of Northern India. The Bodhi tree or the Diamond throne was the place where the Lord Buddha obtained the Buddhahood The walls of the hall are ornamented with figures of divinities, which represent the celestial assembly in the occasion of the Lord Buddha's enlightenment. They traveled from thousands of universes to express their congratulations to the Lord and spread heaven flowers. The styles of those divinities bear a resemblance to the Lanka art while the ones of falling flowers show the influence of the Chinese art. In this temple, there are also ice ished in the later period, such as chedi of King Tilokarat, which was built by King Yod Chiangrai to house the ashes of King Tilokarat in 1491. and the ordination hall with Ku Kanchan which was built during the renovation by King Muangkaew.
  • This temple is well known for snake year.
  • On 2 temples that I love in chiangmai. Wat Jed Yod and the one up the Doi. Go early in the morning and sit under the ancient Bodhi tree. If you are lucky, when the wind blows, it makes a nice rustling sound. Kind of feels like the tree calling out to you. Kinda.
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