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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  • There're a lot of temples in Chainmai. I selected visiting this temple because it seems peaceful, quaint and not far from Chiangmai down town. The temple is unique, like you walk through the tunnel an...  more »
  • I really liked the place because it is not very popular tourist destination. It have a small temple but the key thing here are tunnels that were created for a monk with dementia. Totally different exp...  more »
  • The temple is very beautiful, very calm nature filled with tree guys came, this time got sort of OK go, first day wandering back to the last Yu find choe lol.
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  • Besides being one of the oldest temples in the city, it didn't seem well kept. You will find tunnels here leading to several underground shrines which were interesting. Big plus --> Lack of Tourists here, jungle vibes.
  • The only "underground" temple in Chiang Mai set in a wooded area away from the city center. On the premises there is a large water reservoir where dozens of pigeons "hang out". Feeding the fish and pigeons is a popular activity. Just in front of the temple itself, there are multiple broken/damaged religious statues making it quite interesting.
  • An ancient respectful monastery for many buddhism meditation practice and prayers. "Umong means Tunnel, and this is how the prayer section were built underneath the pagoda, tunnel alike. One of the peaceful spiritual place worth visiting.
  • It is a very peaceful and quit temple. There are almost no tourists. Besides the monks there are mostly chickens, dogs and cats around the temple. The temple is in the middle of the jungle, which gives it a different feeling than most temples. But it is interesting to see. There are boeddha's other prayer places in a cave underneath the big platform with the pagoda. The temple and the caves give you definitely a jungle-like feeling. When you are walking around you will feel like you are in the jungle. A bit like Tarzan and Jane.
  • Peaceful place to walk, loved the tunnels, maybe take a mosquito repellent

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