Wat Umong, Chiang Mai

Stroll through the tranquil, overgrown grounds of Wat Umong, a 6 hectare (15 acre) temple complex. As you wander, contemplate the proverbs which hang from trees on little signs in English and Thai, or feed the fish, turtles, and ducks in the large pond. Admire the large sculpted chedi (reliquary), the Buddha field of broken sculptures, and the replica of one of the pillars of Ashoka--Buddhist monuments scattered across the Indian subcontinent. The temple's name derives from the maze-like warren of ancient tunnels--or umong--which crisscross the grounds, reportedly built to prevent a respected but deranged monk from leaving and getting lost in the surrounding bush. To visit Wat Umong on your trip to Chiang Mai, use our Chiang Mai tour itinerary planner .
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  • A temple of calm, with underground galleries as in Myanmar. A lot of serenity with many monks. Located in the middle of the forest, a few km from Chiang Rai.
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  • Calm and serenity in this place a little outside of the old Chiang Mai but which worth a look. Located in a huge wooded "Park" this Wat is very old of many treasures to discover. You spend a little time to go around.
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  • Cave Temple and the famous WAT is a little off the main Wu Mong, but only enough to walk. I went with the half near Caen, Wat village and coming good.
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  • One of my favorite temples in CM. Older style with cave/tunnels that are really neat. Not as many tourists come out to this one, but popular with the locals. Feeding the ducks, birds and turtles at the pond is relaxing too. Very old and quiet feeling place tucked into the base of the forested mountains.
  • Rather disappointed as I have heard of the beauty of this heritage site before. It could be a very attractive heritage site with rustic and nature beauty. But, the Place not properly maintained. Rubbish found inside the tunnels. Weeds and plants found growing in pagoda and heritage structures, that would affect the structures. Wax stains were not removed. I also don’t like the selling of lottery tickets in temples. It don’t match the teaching of Buddhism.
  • The only Buddhist temple in Chiangmai having Umong (tunnel) with beautiful pagoda. But since there are many buildings were built in the area the temple has lost its peaceful and quiet character because of there were many activities.
  • A stunning example of a 700 year old Buddhist Wat - it is truly spectacular. It is within an enormous wooded area in which there is a meditation centre. Certainly worth visiting if you want to escape from the world for a period - visit the caves and so many statues - but many broken
  • Suay! Magical place. There were even puppies & ducklings when I visited. You can feed the turtles and fish. Very historical and a nice gentle stroll around

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