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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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  • Visit temple after 8 pm when nobody is around. It is peaceful and wat is really something different..  more »
  • The energy of the place is peaceful. We got lucky and watched a chant of the monks, then had the opportunity to talk with 2 monks for almost one hour, which was one of the best experiences we had in C...  more »
  • Lovely temple with lots of tourists but still room to view everything without it being overcrowded. Easily found on a self guided walking tour as we did. No need to pay for guides as the temples are e...  more »
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  • Very peaceful atmosphere though there are lot of tourist around. It's decorations are really good looking. Lot of scope for good pictures. Make sure you go inside all the small temples in there. Each has its own special decorations. There are places for making donations according to your zodiac sign. Also in the main temple, never forget to write your information and make a wish. The entrance fee is 40 bucks and worth it. Should make a visit. There is also a small museum inside.
  • The temples here are quite impressive, and the compound seems to have about 10 or so. However what I found most enjoyable was the "Chat with a monk" area. We were able to talk to one of the younger monks and ask him questions about his life and becoming a monk while he asked us about our own cultures in turn. Far better than just strolling through temples, this was a personal connection.
  • Another worth visit temple. There is a monk chatting corner too. Main hall has many believers, and need to pay get entrance fees into the temple hall. Touristy feel at main hall. But overall the other sections are still good, more people at this temple since is a popular tourist attraction.
  • The entrance fee is only 40 baht, very well worth the price. You get to see one of the oldest remaining temples left in the old city walls. It is similar to Ayutthaya. There are also a bunch of nice looking architectural structures around if you like that type of stuff.
  • This Buddhist temple sat on a large tract of land with a huge ancient-looking Chedi (Buddhist stupa) in its grounds. There were several buildings that we entered including one with a tall golden Buddha with an attendant on each side. The gold coloured Buddha and the attendants coupled with the majestic columns on either side of the hall were pretty impressive.