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Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, Chiang Mai

Categories: Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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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. Add Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan and other attractions to your Chiang Mai trip itinerary using our Chiang Mai trip generator.
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  • Beautiful and authentic! The temple remains ruins from the past era. Locals are friendly and kind in the area. I got a lot of beautiful picture. As it is out door, it could be humid and be pr...  read more »
  • The ruins were impressive... Not much information in English about the temple, so a bit disappointing. Unusual to see people worshipping the waxed figurines of the monks. Interesting to learn the diff...  read more »
  • Behind Wat Pan Taa lies this massive ruin, which is a marvel to view, especially after all the intracate other wats. Although you cannot climb up this massive structure, you will do so in your mind. R...  read more »
  • Almost missed this landmark, extremely glad I didn't. Photos really can't do the old wat justice. The scale, craftsmanship and ancient-feel of the old wat are breathtaking, and you unlike some other landmarks in the city there is no pressure on tourists to pay money or buy things nearby. It's really just a breathtaking sight, and a must-see for anyone who appreciates the culture or who secretly dreams of being Indiana Jones. I only wish we were allowed to go inside...
  • I visited the temple in Apr, 2016 Even it wasn't in summer at that time, the temperature could go up to 35 c. The milktea stand along the temple was extremely cool From 7/1 2016, entering wat chedi luang temple needs to pay entering fee
  • Nice temples, but it has kind of a cluttered, disorganised feel.
  • Absolutely must see, beautiful architecture. Quite a bit to see as well for free. They however state on a sign outside the place that they will be charging 40baht soon (I think 1st June) which is nothing to see this historic place.
  • Such a beautiful temple to visit. The many Buddhas add to the already beautiful scenery of the temple. Located a block or two away from Wat Phantao, this is the more picturesque of the two temples. There are plenty of spots to take beautiful photos and the watch many who have come to worship. A must see while in Chiang Mai
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