Wat Pan Tao, Chiang Mai

Built in the 14th century, the small monastic temple of Wat Pan Tao serves the royal temple next door. Upon entry, look for the gilded wood carving over the main door depicting animals. Farther in, take time to admire the carved teak "wiharn," a chapel for people to pray in and a former royal residence. This structure features interesting items like a dhamma casket with Buddhist scriptures and a gilded stand. Using our world travel planner, Chiang Mai attractions like Wat Pan Tao can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Hi, wooden building. Nothing fancy. But big Chedi in the back. It is being renovated. Too bad since there was rainbow in the sky. For the Loi Krathong festival. Pretty lantern lights hanging on the tr...  more »
  • The water lights are very nice at night. There is also a history of taste, worth the time to build a visit! Unfortunately in the renovation, otherwise I would like to make it more beautiful.
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  • The temple is made of wood and already on the outside is striking. On the inside is very nice, also all in wood, and with a big Buddha gold Fund. Outside the temple, there is a small garden where the last day of the festival of Loy Krathong (the one of the lanterns) lit lots of candles and lanterns, and about 19:00, the monks go out to pray. Highly recommended.
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  • This temple built of timber, which was a different experience of a Thai temple. During my Sunday market visit, I discovered that the night market is along this street. Though small, there is something simplistic about its beauty. The wooden pathway at the side of the temple is superb.
  • Very cool and calm place. There are a bunch of bells near the entrance you can ring. You get to see a small pond with lots of lanterns tied to the trees. There are some dogs and monks around, giving you a very peaceful state of mind. The structures and ambiance makes this place very soothing.
  • The most beautiful wooden temple in Chiangmai, and in Thailand for me.
  • Beautiful wat. Came here during a Buddhist holiday and saw the amazing candle lightings everywhere. Gorgeous place.
  • Amazing place, very spiritual. Take your time to see to know more about the religion.

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