Chiang Mai has over 300 Buddhist Temples and many of these temples display some of the finest art and architecture of the Lanna Kingdom. In Thailand, a Temple is called a Wat. Many of these amazingly beautiful Temples have become tourist attractions but all are places of worship and should be treated with respect. Whilst a very few of these Temples receive support from the State, most Temples depend on support from their parishioners for their existence. In Chiang Mai, entry to these Temples is free for foreigners except in Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, which makes a small charge, however, all would welcome a small donation. Many Thai people are devout Buddhists and will make frequent visits to a Temple to give offerings to the Monks and to make merit for themselves. In the villages, The Temples are the very centre of community life.

Shan Temple - Wat Pa Pao - Chiang Mai

The Shan Temple, Wat Pa Pao, whilst not on the normal Chiang Mai Temple Tourist Trail, is a quite unique Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai. Not particularly old, Wat Pa Pao was built in the late 19th Century by Shan people for the Shan people and even today, Wat Pa Pao is the main community [Read More…]

Wat Chedi Liem - Chiang Mai - Buddhist Temple

Wat Chedi Liem is a Buddhist Temple on the outskirts of Chiang Mai at Wiang Kum Kam. Wat Chedi Liem was built around the end of the 13th Century by King Mengrai. The ancient buried city of Wiang Kum Kam, founded by King Mengrai to be the Capital of the Lanna Kingdom. was only recently [Read More…]

Wat Chedi Luang - Chiang Mai - Buddhist Temple

Wat Chedi Luang, is an ancient Buddhist Temple in the centre of Chiang Mai. Construction of Wat Chedi Luang began in the reign of King Phayu (1337-1355). Construction continued during the reigns of King Kue Na (1355-1385), King Saen Muang Ma (1385-1401), King Sam Fang Kaen (1401-1441) until it was finally completed during the reign [Read More…]

Wat Phra Singh - Chiang Mai - Buddhist Temple

Located within the city walls, the Buddhist Temple, Wat Phra Singh (Temple of the Lion Buddha), is one of the most important Chiang Mai Temples. The Chedi was built in 1345 by King Pha Yu of the Mengrai Dynasty to enshrine the ashes of his father but most of the other buildings are more modern. [Read More…]

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