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Wat Pan Tao, Chiang Mai

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#8 of 39 in Historic Sites in Chiang Mai
Religious Site Tourist Spot
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. Work out when and for how long to visit Wat Pan Tao and other Chiang Mai attractions using our handy Chiang Mai vacation route planner.
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  • This delightful temple is adjacent Wat Chedi and seems largely ignored by the tourist. The surrounding grounds house numerous yellow flags. The temple may not be overly impressive from the outside, bu...  more »
  • This Wat though small is beautifully constructed with lots of timber detailing. The roof is supported on 28 large teak pillars and there are many detailed timber boards some with colour. The building ...  more »
  • For some strange reason, this is one of my favorite temples in CM. It is not that huge, but really well maintained, with a lot of details and colors everywhere. A small lake with reflections of trees ...  more »
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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.
  • 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.
  • Wasn't charged any fees for visit when we went. Amazing temple, friendly staff. They didn't mind camera and tripod. Fees are usually $1, or $1.50 max, at other Wats, so not worth complaint about, goes to maintenance.

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