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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  • interesting to see the tunnels and just experience something outside of the main walls of the old city.  more »
  • The property where this temple is located is large, so there's a lot to wander through. I love to head over to the little island on the lake and watch the turtles swim. There is a peaceful garden and ...  more »
  • Wat Umong means Tunnel Temple which give an exact description of the place. Located in a rather large ground area, the temple entrance compose of several tunnels which are interconnected internally. T...  more »
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  • 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.
  • The only Buddhist temple in Chiangmai having Umong (tunnel) with beautiful pagoda. But since there are many buildings were built in the area the temple has lost its peaceful and quiet character because of there were many activities.
  • A stunning example of a 700 year old Buddhist Wat - it is truly spectacular. It is within an enormous wooded area in which there is a meditation centre. Certainly worth visiting if you want to escape from the world for a period - visit the caves and so many statues - but many broken
  • Suay! Magical place. There were even puppies & ducklings when I visited. You can feed the turtles and fish. Very historical and a nice gentle stroll around

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