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. With our custom trip planner, Chiang Mai attractions like Wat Suan Dok can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Wat Suan Dok has many white structural buildings and is unique in this way as a temple. I was told by the tour guide that the royal family members are buried in this temple. We walked around the white...  more »
  • Quite beautiful but very powerful temple by these statues of wax, and especially for the atmosphere of fullness that emerges around the temple where monks live.
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  • 'Wat Suan Dok' is built in 1383 to house the relics of Lord Buddha. It's located outside the Chiang Mai center, close to the Suan Dok gate. There is an entrance fee to see the main temple when the temple is opened (usually in the morning and afternoon). Outside visit is free. Entrance fee is 20 Baht.. The main temple is very beautiful and quite spacious. Very clean, very colourful, very ornamented and very cool as the windows are opened allowing the breeze to move freely inside. Not crowded at all, making it very peaceful. Like the other four most important temples in Chiang Mai, it has an iconic and unique aspect; Wat Suan Dok has many white and delicate chedis that contain the ashes of different members of the Chiang Mai's royal family. That site is fantastic and allows to take memorable pictures.
  • One of a beautiful and interesting temple in Chiangmai. There are many stupas that keep the remain of Chiangmai former rulers and their families. Out of the main big hall if you walk along the main road roward inside the temple area there is another smaller chapel with another stunning Buddha image named "Phrajao Gao Tuea" This Buddha image is more than 500 years old and is one of the most famous Buddha image in Chiangmai. Wat Suan Dok is also a place for people who want to learn Buddhism or meditation because it is a campus of Maha Chulalongkornrajavidyalaya University (One of the Buddhism university in Thailand).
  • Amazing. Beautiful sights but again too many people. Overcrowded, hot, that didn't help. But lovely to see.
  • Very peaceful being away from the hustle and bustle. Nice grounds, very photogenic and tiny 20b fee to see inside the pagoda. Be sure to stop in at Pun Pun for lunch while here, then a nap under the trees...
  • The meditation retreat was a life changing experience. The single day retreat is donation based and the proceeds go to a local orphanage that is financially distressed. I’m incredibly grateful for my experience here and the opportunity to help.
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