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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  • Wat Phan Tao was originally a palace for one of the Kings of Chiang mai. The magnificent teak structure dates back to the 14th century. The name means "temple of a thousand kilns" and it was most like...  more »
  • Located right next to the Wat Chedi Luang temple deserves a visit, it is all in teak wood.
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  • Wat Phan Tao is one of the oldest temples of Chiang Mai, located within the old town. All in wood and retired in 1876 and transformed into a monastery. Well maintained and simple in decoration, in comparison with other temples. Worth a visit,
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  • There are many temples in the whole of Chiang Mai old city. Walking one entire stretch of road, you can easily cover 4-5 temples. This temple probably looks one of the oldest, given how it's made of dark brown wood, and has a garden-like decoration at the back. The full golden tomb at the back is definitely a sight not to be missed.
  • I stumbled upon this temple while visiting Chiang-Mai on a evening after dinner stroll. The temple grounds were decorated for the upcoming new years celebration and I was in luck for it was amazingly beautiful. The trees were adorned with glittering lights. A truly amazing accidental find!
  • Like many other Thai temples in the heart of Chiang Mai old city, this is a lovely sight with its old looking wooden structure in front, and the golden tomb at the back. I'll suggest you group the various temples all together, and walk from one end of the street to the other, like we did, and you can easily see 4-5 temples at once.
  • So lovely! Small, quiet, peaceful, and so old. The monks are very polite and welcoming. This was the least intimidating temple because it's so dark and humble.
  • Split off from Wat Chedi Luang, this is the oldest wooden Viharn in Chiang Mai. Opens a bit later than other temples in the city as the monks first have to clean the floor from excrements that the bats living under the ceiling drop on the floor.

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