Fodor's Expert Review Wat Chedi Luang

The Old City Fodor's Choice

In 1411 King Saen Muang Ma ordered his workers to build a chedi "as high as a dove could fly." He died before the structure was finished, as did the next king. During the reign of the following king, an earthquake knocked down about a third of the 282-foot spire, and it's now a superb ruin. The parklike grounds contain assembly halls, chapels, a 30-foot-long reclining Buddha, and the ancient city pillar. The main assembly hall, a vast, pillared building guarded by two nagas, mythical snakes believed to control the irrigation waters in rice fields, was restored in 2008.

Fodor's Choice Religious Building

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103 Phrapokklao Rd.
Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai  50200, Thailand

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