Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, Chiang Mai

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Admire the traditional design and reverential atmosphere at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, a Buddhist temple located in Chiang Mai's historical center. King Saen Muang Ma initiated construction in the 14th century, intending to bury his father's ashes here. The project wasn't completed until the mid 15th century, and since then the temple has been rebuilt, refurbished, and redesigned on numerous occasions. Originally three separate temple areas, the sites were joined up to create the place of worship you see today, making it an area of impressive scale as well as architecture. Visit the grounds to discover its interesting and volatile history; look for the replica of the famous Emerald Buddha once housed here and the city pillar surrounded by three dipterocarp trees. Our Chiang Mai trip itinerary tool makes visiting Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan and other Chiang Mai attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara is located in the centre of the walled City. The temple's was constructed in the 14th century. King Saen Muang Ma planned to bury his father's ashes there. After 10 years...  more »
  • This was built in 1441 and a 16th century earthquake reduced the 295ft chedi to 140ft. The triple-roofed wihan (a shrine hall that contains the principal Buddha images) is a must to see inside as it.....  more »
  • After seeing many temples, this one was rather endearing, maybe like a kids blankie. Old damaged by earthquake , there is still enough left to make the view worth taking.  more »
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  • Honestly my favourite temple in Thailand. It's so impressive I cannot even describe it. The whole experience it's lovely especially if you go around 4PM. Take your time so you catch the sunset as well. Lovely vibes as well, so peaceful.
  • Visited in a early morning with a humble heart. The rising Sun shine the top of the Temple, the falling roofing becomes one of the unique parts as to show the world. I walk quietly when I pass by some monk, afraid I have distracted there studying. Take in the flesh air and listen to the wind blowing. This can really be a kind of enjoyment which money cannot get.
  • Wat Phra Singh is like any other traditional Thai temple. Ornate with beautiful architectural details, this has two major temples in the complex. You need to wear clothing with your knees and elbows covered. The entry is free but we got tricked into some donation which I would suggest to be careful of in your visit.
  • Recommend skipping to the back of the temple area where the huge old ruins of the temple are. Come at night to see it lit up. Breathtaking, historic, and gorgeous. Easily my most favorite temple of all the ones in the Old City.
  • Was very surprised to see how beautiful the temple ruins were! Very unique and breathtaking. There are no restrictions on what men seem to wear however women's knees and shoulders must be covered so dress adequately or take a scarf or hire when you are there. My favorite part however was the conversation with the monks at the area behind the wat.its well sign posted so you wont miss it.

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