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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. Add Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan and other attractions to your Chiang Mai trip itinerary using our Chiang Mai trip generator.
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  • Another Temple of jaw-dropping. They have a space that you sit and talk to a monk. You can ask about their customs and philosophy. Interesting, worth the time.
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  • A beautiful temple. Felt so peaceful and happy here. The elephants statues are unique. A must see if youre in chiang mai 
  • My good friend set up my love and I getting married!! I love thailand and it's majestic!!! The temple is beautiful!!! 
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  • really cool old temple - probably my favorite in thailand (i like old historical buildings). wish we'd have known more about it and its history, but still cool to look at. we also got to go to a service nearby which was interesting, and they do 'monk chats' right next to it a few times a week to learn more about buddhism, which is also cool.
  • This is the most spectacular temple I've visited in Chiangmai. If you can only choose one to visit, this is the one! There is a 600 years old stone temple..... it just wowed us. I would compare this temple with the churches in Europe. Just wow.
  • One if the most amazing sights I've seen traveling. The ancient central temple dominates the landscape and your senses. The Monks also have office hours here so that you can learn about them Buddhism Thailand. Highly recommend visiting.
  • 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
  • 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...