Wat Chet Yot (Wat Maha Photharam), Chiang Mai

4.4
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).
Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Wat Chet Yot (Wat Maha Photharam) by using our Chiang Mai online tour itinerary builder .
Source
Create an itinerary including Wat Chet Yot (Wat Maha Photharam)
map
Wat Chet Yot (Wat Maha Photharam) Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
86 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • A little further away from the center of Chiang Mai is this temple, at the gates of the National Park of Doi Suthep. Nothing to highlight since it is very similar to other temples that you can visit more in the center of the city.
    View original
  • For the first time to visit this temple. Seeing is incredible but still beautiful old buildings within the temple are pagodas 7 base amount pagoda decorated with stucco angels have many ancient pagodas and Temple are also Maha Phot artisans pattern is very beautiful. If go to Chiang Mai to come to this temple.
    View original
  • Why is located slightly away from the center of Chiang Mai, visitors less to explore slowly.
    View original
Google
  • It is a very beautiful temple. Definitely worth a visit. It is located near a Thai neighbourhood and a jungle-like area. It is interesting to see the way the pagodas are build. They look old, and to us, jungle-like as well. It is very peaceful and quiet at the temple, because it is not crowded with tourists.
  • Peace full place with historical buildings good to visit especially if you are born in the year of SNAKE
  • Historically significant temple. Worth a look.
  • Really cool old structures that just look amazing. The temple is small, but a lot of detailed art work & great murals on the walls inside. Was lucky enough to witness two monks be inducted while I was there.
  • Beautiful ancient temple, nice nature

Plan your trip to Chiang Mai

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Chiang Mai

While visiting Chiang Mai, keep in mind that the old town district and the area surrounding the famous night market offer both boutique (relatively expensive) and backpacker (relatively inexpensive) options. The riverside neighborhoods boast exclusive hotels and resorts, where comparatively pricey rooms come with good views and extensive facilities.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Chiang Mai by other users

43 days in Asia BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM LIBYA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 44 days in Asia BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Chiang Mai BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 58 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM CANADA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM CANADA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans