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Wat Suan Dok, Chiang Mai
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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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  • Ornate Temple with large number of white graves to one side. Inside the beautifully decorated with a lot of gold color and of course a golden buddah.
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  • This site is an active Buddhist University for monks. You can also visit respectfully for the evening chant. Easy to get to. It's well known by the community. I've been several times for peaceful refe...  more »
  • Masses of people here but still a good experience, very different to the temples on town as it really is a working temple where people circle the stupas chanting. Probably not worth hiring a guide, ju...  more »
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  • This temple is beautiful. The grounds are nicer than inside the temple itself. But still nice. We took some lovely photos here. Lots of monks around. We also saw a group of school children. We went on a Wednesday afternoon and it was fairly quiet. only a handful of other tourist. And you can also pay to chat with one for a bit. They now charge 20 baht a person to enter. As always when you enter a temple shoes and hats come off and proper attire is expected.
  • Went here for monk chat and was awesome. The young monks are very friendly and knowledgable. From 5-7 on Friday evenings, worth the trip. The temple is also beautiful and free to enter.
  • To me this was one of the most memorable temples in Chiang Mai. The main building is not that special from the outside, but has some beautiful interior.
  • Free of the touristy feel, but just outside the city. The main temple has a super high ceiling with regal decor, very peaceful and encourages meditation. They also have many white pagodas in the patio, a large ground and serene.
  • Free entrance, big temple. The temple was built by the same monk that built Doi suthep temple. Beware of hot in the day time.