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Wat Suan Dok, Chiang Mai

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Cemetery Religious Site
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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  • Beautiful resort, also the environment offers much to see. With the bus, worth very well and conveniently accessible.
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  • It is a very beautiful temple and, in addition, has many pagodas because it is where you will find buried Princesses and Princes of Thailand. It is worth to see it.
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  • In the Centre, there is a meeting and this temple is very beautiful. Is more of the same, but, within the context, well worth visiting. Clean place, with monks meditating.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful Wat. Very small and reasonable entry maintenance fee. Very ornately decorated, and one of the largest temples I visited. Some amazing artifacts and history in glasses cases in the back of the temple. The outside pillars are also amazing. Would recommend visiting this Wat on your must see list.

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