Wat Chiang Man, Chiang Mai

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. Make Wat Chiang Man a centerpiece of your Chiang Mai vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Chiang Mai trip planner .
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  • One of the many temples in chiang mai. It however is not as popular as others and lets you take it more easy. Further highlights are the elephants and the good care that everything is.
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  • Way Chiang Man is a beautiful old temple. Compared to all the other temples we visited in Chiang Mai this one was very peaceful without the hassle of lots of tourists trying to take photos. Would high...  more »
  • Destination visit for sure. Self paced walk through and very convenient. Beautiful temple and very clean. the details in this temple is fantastic!  more »
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  • I really like this temple, out of all the other temples I've visited in the old city. It's clean and refined, and has a certain calm to it. The elephant engravings on the tomb at the back of the temple, as well as the smaller temple on the right side, are both equally worth spending some time in. After this, you can always do a small walking tour around, visiting the other sights and sounds along the way.
  • This is probably my favourite of all the temples that I've visited in the old city of Chiang Mai. The outfit is well kempt and very peaceful looking. At the back, the tomb is engraved with elephants surrounding it, and they look spectacular. The many statues of Buddha here, especially the large golden ones, look grand and gorgeous.
  • It's a classic temple. It's not big but is peaceful. Unlike the other temples in Bangkok entrance is free. Don't forget the visit back side of temple. The architecture of elephants impressive.
  • I rarely post about sacred places of natures beautiful because I don't can't be critical of what I simply may not understand or appreciate. This place, I can spend hours at simply enjoying the energy and being in my thoughts.
  • Beautiful and very peaceful temple. Not the most popular temple in CM and I love it that there’s no crowds there. Admission is free.

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