Chiang Mai

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  • 1. Wat Chamthewi

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    About 2 km (1 mile) west of Lamphun's center is Wat Chamthewi, often called the "topless chedi" because the gold that once covered the spire...Read More

  • 2. Wat Chedi Luang

    Old City | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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...Read More

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  • 3. Wat Phra Singh

    Old City | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

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  • 4. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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...Read More

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  • 5. Wat Phra That Hariphunchai

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 6. Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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 defense...Read More

  • 7. Wat Chaimongkol

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Although rarely visited, this small temple is well worth the journey. Its little chedi contains holy relics, but its real beauty lies in the...Read More

  • 8. Wat Chedi Yot

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Wat Photharam Maha Viharn is more commonly known as Wat Chedi Yot, or Seven-Spired Monastery. Built in 1455, it's a copy of the Mahabodhi temple...Read More

  • 9. Wat Chiang Man

    Old City | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

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  • 10. Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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. More...Read More

  • 11. Wat Sri Chum

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 12. Wat Suan Dok

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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 of these...Read More

  • 13. Wat Umong

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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 in the...Read More

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