Wat Chiang Man, Chiang Mai

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Visit the first temple of Chiang Mai at Wat Chiang Man, where King Mengrai once lived in the 14th century. The attraction consists of meditation halls, gold-topped structures, and old Buddhist decorations. Inside the largest hall, look for the oldest Buddha image in the city, a statue holding a begging bowl. The smaller meditation hall hosts the crystal and marble Buddhas. Walk around the temple grounds to find the Chedi Chang Lom, a structure surrounded by stone elephants. To visit Wat Chiang Man on your holiday in Chiang Mai, and find out what else Chiang Mai has to offer, use our Chiang Mai family vacation planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    It is not the main temple and it is a bit far (8 minutes walk from the main) but I liked it so much. The stupa of the elephants simply beautiful, there is no pay to enter and you've seen it 20-30 minutes. For me, must-see.
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  • August 15, 2017
    If you move in the old city of Chiang MAi, it is recommended to visit this temple complex.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This temple has an elephant chedi! It is one of the oldest temples in chiang mai. No admission fee. Feel free to explore.  more »
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  • May 26, 2017
    Beautiful and historic. The first temple in Chiang Mai. Hardly anyone visiting. Was able to walk the grounds and feel one with the temple.
  • April 17, 2017
    Came here the Sunday after Songkran and they were giving out free drinks, papaya salad, and noodles! Try the purple butterfly pea drink. Find the happy statue with glasses!
  • February 23, 2017
    Personally my favourite temple in Chiang Mai, because it is not so crowded since less tourists come to visit it. The surrounding garden is great to hang out for a while in the shadow :)
  • February 21, 2017
    Quiet and beautiful temple. Beautiful elephant sculptures and gold Buddhas. Definitely worth a stop.
  • October 28, 2016
    Free entrance and totally worth a visit. I believed this is the oldest temple in Chiangmai area and it's no worse than other temple that charge entrance free. Also I believe this temple is very dog friendly... a lot of stray dogs live here and they have a little temple that kept four babies dog safe .... so cute!!!!

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