Wat Suan Dok, Chiang Mai

Wat Suan Dok, a Royal Temple of the Third Class, remains popular for its stunning architectural beauty and Buddhist university. Photographers flock here, especially at sunset, for fantastic shots of the chedis, or spires, decorated with Buddhas and white mausoleums holding the ashes of the royal family of Chiang Mai. Don't miss the 500-year-old bronze Buddha in the back of the facility. Ask about open times to meet and chat with the monks, who are eager to practice their English with visitors. Using our online itinerary creator, Chiang Mai attractions like Wat Suan Dok can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 18, 2017
    The temples don't have to walk on stairs buy the entrance tickets take a cable cars up and down very good for elderly people or on wheel chair.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Definitely visit Wat Suan Dok. It's super easy to get "templed out" in Chiang Mai and Thailand, in general, but definitely prioritize this one. There is the bigger temple on the hills outside of the c...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    A fine temple with many monks, as they also go to school here. If you are a tourist so it costs 20 baht to get into hovedetemplet, which I am against there must be different on the way. Either it should cost something for everyone or no one! If you want to save the 20bath ca4kr so you can see just as many other fine temples without having to pay.
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  • May 15, 2017
    This temple is a very peaceful and quiet temple. The temple is not crowded with tourists, but when you see the temple you would expect it to be crowded. The front is definitely stunning with all the gold leaf that has been placed on the temple. The pagodas are stunningly white. The big pagoda in the middle is the best part of all the pagodas. Just like the front is it covered in white. The inside is actually even more beautiful. It has pillars covered in red and gold and the Boeddha is covered in gold leaf as well. It is definitely worth the visit, because this temple is absolutely breathtaking.
  • August 5, 2017
    One of the most beautiful temple in Chiang Mai. Many white pagoda and a huge gold pagoda are attractive. fresh and peaceful
  • May 17, 2017
    The temple is amazing but we went to Wat Suan Dok for the Chat with a monk program that they offer. When we got to the temple we were informed that the monks were on a fieldtrip and that they would return somewhere in the afternoon.
  • April 1, 2017
    Highly recommend the 1 day meditation course - or longer if you have the time. Phra KK is engaging, humorous, knowledgeable and speaks very good English. Not only do you learn about the history of the university and Buddhism, but you also learn several forms of meditation and can ask *any* question at the end. Vegetarian restaurant on site.
  • May 25, 2017
    Wat Suan Dok is a lovely Buddhist temple, but the best experience is the 1-day meditation retreat that takes place here. It is amazing and one of our favourite experiences in Chiang Mai. Phra KK was wonderful and spoke very good english. He was a passionate monk that shared so much knowledge on buddhism and his practice. Highly, highly recommend the one-day retreat. I think it is only on Friday's. Just take a look on their website.

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