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Wat Umong, Chiang Mai

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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. Plan your Wat Umong visit and explore what else you can see and do in Chiang Mai using our Chiang Mai trip itinerary planner.
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  • This place is very unique, Buddha images were stored inside the cave. They also have very big pagoda as well.  more »
  • This is a beautiful and peaceful temple. The tunnel's system is really peculiar, but not especially beautiful. It was definitely not one of the more impressive temples in the region.  more »
  • After visiting LOTS of Temples in both Chiang Mai and Bangkok it was nice to absorb the peace of Wat Among. Just being in the Jungle and walking through the tunnels was very re energising. For anyone ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • A nice temple. You can walk around. Fortunately, you will have a chance to discuss with monk on Bhudism.
  • Lovely place to have a moment of peace. This temple is a little bit off the beaten path so it makes it a quiet a peaceful place. There is the ancient tunnels but the main atraction is clearly the environment since it used to be a forest temple some centuries ago. There is a lake with catfishes where you can feed them.
  • Definitely my favourite spot in chiang mai. Very different from the others temples.. Old style temple and really peaceful atmosphere..