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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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  • One of the important temples in Chiang Mai, old wall paintings inside the tunnels, good place to visit to calm your anxiety from busy streets/traffic outside. 
  • The wat (temple) was not far from Chiang Mai University. No entrance fee was required. As we came in the late afternoon, we saw many Westerners sweeping the ground. Upon inquiry, that was a part of th...  more »
  • If I would have gone by myself I would have been prepared to meditate for quite a while. It was a very different temple with the tunnels underground and very spiritual. There were many monks on the gr...  more »
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  • Tired of temples? Don't miss this one. Even if the 700 year old underground shrines or giant stupa doesn't interest you'll love the lake full of turtles. Also great for families with small kids, which can enjoy feeding the pigeons.
  • So unique temple in Chiang Mai. And probably the best meditation center, depending on the tranquility and environment. A must go place to have a slow walk
  • Favorite wat in Chiang Mai. I was here for meditation for two weeks and was able to explore the temple grounds a bit more than if I just visited for a few hours. There is a very good library with extensive collections on Buddhism and other subjects, in a few languages. Meditation is not by donation, so they do collect a very minimal fee of about 200 baht for a day if i recall correctly, but that pays for a good cook to prepare nice meals during the morning. The whole campus sees quite a few visitors and the pond area and tunnels are great to explore. Many nice monks here as well.
  • Very nice and quiet place with big green garden. With very special atmosphere. One of the best what I saw in chiang mai.
  • Wonderful forest setting and ancient Buddhas and stupa set amongst the trees. Very peaceful. Unfortunately, the ancient murals in the underground tunnels used by the monks have deteriorated badly since I last saw them and now be almost lost due to water damage. Such a shame no conservation has taken place and murals that have lasted centuries are now gone :(