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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  • Thanks stretching that walked the walk, it is a very quiet place, but the place seemed like a graveyard. Were there even funeral ceremonies.
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  • It has to be seen to be believed. Really worth taking time out to go here. The picture doesnt do it justice.  more »
  • This is an old temple built in 1383 to house the relics of Buddha. It is located outside the Chiang Mai city center, close to the Suan Dok gate. You can arrive easily by tuk tuk and the price is very ...  more »
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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.
  • One of the most beautiful temple in Chiang Mai. Many white pagoda and a huge gold pagoda are attractive. fresh and peaceful
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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