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Wat Chiang Man

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Chiang Mai's oldest monastery, dating from 1296, is typical of northern Thai architecture. It has massive teak pillars inside the bot,...

Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao

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Near the banks of the Wang River, this temple is dominated by its tall chedi, built on a rectangular base and topped with a rounded spire.

Wat Phra Singh

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Chiang Mai's principal monastery was extensively renovated in 2006. In the western section of the Old City, the beautifully decorated...

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

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As in so many chapters of Thai history, an elephant is closely involved in the legend surrounding the foundation of the late-14th-century...

Wat Phra That Hariphunchai

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The temple complex of the 11th-century Wat Phra That Hariphunchai is dazzling. Through gates guarded by ornamental lions lies a three-tier,...

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

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One of the most venerated temples in the north, Wat Phra That Lampang Luang is also one of the most striking. Surrounded by stout laterite...

Wat Sri Chum

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Workers from Myanmar were employed in the region's rapidly expanding logging business, and these immigrants left their mark on the city's...

Wat Suan Dok

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One of Chiang Mai's largest temples, Wat Suan Dok is said to have been built on the site where bones of Lord Buddha were found. Some...

Wat Umong

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The most unusual temple in Chiang Mai is Wat Umong, dating from 1296. According to local lore, a monk named Jam liked to go wandering...

Wiang Kum Kam

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When King Mengrai decided to build his capital on the Ping River, he chose a site a few miles south of present-day Chiang Mai. He selected...