Wat Umong, Chiang Mai

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#4 of 39 in Historic Sites in 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. 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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  • August 17, 2017
    The temple is shady ngo Osama. Villa went into the temple and feel the calming, refreshing, calming atmosphere because of the travel center location.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Inconspicuous Temple is I feel the silence and mystique. It is a temple in Thailand is different from Chedi Luang and bracing. Zen. Enters less than 1 km from the South of Chiang Mai University is on the way to little coffee stand will rest and sweet Thailand's unique ice coffee is good.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Wat Umong or Tunnel Temple is one of my faverite temple, where u can feel peaceful, clam and warm places. I can here sounds of birds and small creatures including leaves waving with the wind. Both Tha...  more »
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  • August 21, 2017
    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.
  • August 20, 2017
    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.
  • May 30, 2017
    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.
  • May 15, 2017
    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.
  • August 31, 2017
    Peaceful place to walk, loved the tunnels, maybe take a mosquito repellent

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