Wat Chet Yot (Wat Maha Photharam), 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.LocationWat 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.Construction historyKing 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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  • Is located in the middle of the city of Chiang mai. This temple, is interesting but is not to go see it necessarily. In Chiang mai just deem it necessary to go see the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep's Hill. I was struck that there had many people of ethnic groups in the mountains visiting tribes, and is that we were told, that it is a temple very revered by them. The architectural style is corioso because they are like seven how pyramidal buildings and are in quite good condition. If these passage and close passes to see the temple, but nothing happens. for me, is one temple more.
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  • The temple is the oldest temple in the city is beautiful and precious, ideal for sightseeing, worship, education, and is a mind of the local villagers. The beauty of the temple, the cold of the North for tourism in Chiang Mai.
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  • It's a unique style temple. Different from other temples in Chiang Mai. The scenery here is just nice 
  • Very strong spirit stay there. A temple where everything is possible
  • Just like all the other temples, but this one is a bit more interesting.
  • Very authentic old temple. Less touristy than those in the centre. Original architecture
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