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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  • I'll start by saying that I'm a Buddhist and really enjoy visiting temples. I enjoyed Wat Ched Yot for its solitude and for its unique architectural features and history. It was built primarily in the...  more »
  • Simply a high magical do not hesitate to visit. Very different from many other sites rmarquables.
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  • I love having this quiet and lovely space so near some of the busiest traffic in Chiang Mai. Can walk around a little and meet a friend as most folks have heard of this.  more »
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  • Serene and inspiring, a real place of power.
  • Very strong spirit stay there. A temple where everything is possible
  • This Is free for entrance but a lot of mosquitos
  • 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