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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  • I visited on a day when it was raining, which added even more mystique to this ancient Wat. The cave like tunnels must be such a refuge for those seeking to find peace within through meditation. A com...  more »
  • Took an excursion to this place and droplets not regretted. Amazing location with a large territory and of course myself tunnel shrine impressed. A meditation Center. The interesting history of this temple. I advise everyone to visit this place.
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  • Quite far from the Center but not hard to get to this temple is surrounded by the forest and is very particular to its underground tunnels built under the terrace of the main chedi. The tunnels are lined with bricks and in the main there is a statue of the Buddha, during fasting, in fact depicts leaner than at other statues. On the Hill stands a big highly revered stupa. The effort made to achieve it is repaid.
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  • Wat Umong dates back to 1297 and is a very well known and respected forest temple. A very unique feature of this temple is the large system of tunnels under the chedi, which are thought of as being caves. Some of the paintings on the walls and I assume some of the shrines are very old. The temple was at one time of course deep in the forest, but at this point in time it is located at the edge of the forest, but surrounded by streets ands buildings on the other three sides. Inside the temple grounds there are also a number of administrative buildings and a meditation centre. I really like this temple and will no doubt visit again, maybe even this week, since I am in Chiang Mai right now.
  • One of the best temples in Chiang Mai. A little far from city center but still 1 hour by walking or 15-20 minutes by cycling. It is in a big garden. You cannot see the temple from outside. There is a small lake inside the garden, many fishes in lake and hundreds pigeons. You can stay in this temple for meditation.
  • One of my favorite temples in CM. Older style with cave/tunnels that are really neat. Not as many tourists come out to this one, but popular with the locals. Feeding the ducks, birds and turtles at the pond is relaxing too. Very old and quiet feeling place tucked into the base of the forested mountains.
  • Rather disappointed as I have heard of the beauty of this heritage site before. It could be a very attractive heritage site with rustic and nature beauty. But, the Place not properly maintained. Rubbish found inside the tunnels. Weeds and plants found growing in pagoda and heritage structures, that would affect the structures. Wax stains were not removed. I also don’t like the selling of lottery tickets in temples. It don’t match the teaching of Buddhism.
  • Stunning views and beautiful grounds. If you go early in the day (before 10 am or so) stop amd have breakfast roadside on the way up, then you can avoid the crowds. I went on a Wednesday morning and as you can see from the pictures amd video, i almost had the place to myself....WHAT A TREAT! The tunnels underneath are extremely educational and a real historical journey imagining it 800 years ago. Stroll along the lake and feed the abundant turtles, fish and birds. Greay place for the whole family to enjoy a morning outting. Highly recommend the excursion.
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