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Wat Umong, Chiang Mai

Categories: Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web
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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  • Very quiet, shady Temple. The tunnel, with a Buddha image is enshrined, for worship is like an old Pagoda on top of base section with the pagoda.
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  • If you visit hot hot time. Moist and cool in the Woods. Secluded, beautiful and characteristic of the temples in the cave. Only fish feeding is. .. Pigeons are terrific terrific.
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  • Like a mountain retreat, Wat Umong is an amazing place to visit. With a lake and many trees, this appears almost like a camp. The tunnels are intriguing and unique at a wat, with the large chedi top q...  read more »
  • 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 :(
  • Very nice and quiet place with big green garden. With very special atmosphere. One of the best what I saw in chiang mai.
  • 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.
  • Definitively Chiang Mai's hidden gem. A temple surrounded by nature, a part of the temple is underground. Not as touristy as Doi Suthep. There is also a pond where you can feed the fish and turtles.
  • Great architecture - fantastic athmosphere - quiet, just a nice place to see and to be.
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