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Chiang Mai Sightseeing - visiting Temples, Wats and Chedi.

Chedi at Wat Pan Waen in Chiang Mai Thailand.Chiang Mai and the peaceful Wat Pan Waen.

There are many beautiful Wats, Chedi, Temples and Buddha images to look around at Chiang Mai, both within the City Walls and around the outer areas.

For instance Wat Pan Waen is a typical Thai Temple which is set in peaceful grounds. The Wihan has beautifully carved doors. Beside the temple there is a small cafe with a garden at the back and a very helpful owner if you want some advice on how to get to your next Wat etc. - the cafe makes a shady place to stop for a while especially on a hot day.

Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wat Chedi Luang Buddhas, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Wat Chedi Luang and the City Pillar - Chiang Mai.


The Chedi was built on the spot where King Mengrai was killed by lightning in 1317. The enormous Chedi was originally 90 meters high but an earthquake in 1545 reduced it's height to just 60 meters. Originally covered in gold the Chedi contains the ashes of King Ku Na - it actually resembles a fort and around it's base some of the elephant stuccos can still be seen as can the naga lined staircase.
The City's Foundation Pillar (Sao Inthakin) is located near the Wat Chedi Luang and the Wihan is triple roofed, very spacious and contains panels depicting scenes and stories from the Buddha's lives.
Wat Chedi Luang reclining Buddha, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wat Chedi Luang staircase, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wat Chedi Luang Wihan, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Chiang Mai - the modern building holding the City Pillar
Wat Pan Tao, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wat Pan Tao Buddha, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Wat Pan Tao. The Wat is situated next door to Wat Chedi Luang. The all teak Wihan was built in the 14th century and constructed from plain panels which are supported by enormous pillars - this is an excellent example of Lanna architecture.


Wat Phra Singh and Chedi - Chiang Mai.


This impressive Wat contains some really beautiful buildings the largest being the colourful and modern Wihan which is fronted by excellent naga balustrades. The Chedi, with it's octagonal base, was built in 1345 to contain the ashes of King Kam Fu. The rustic wooden Bot dates from the 1600s. The most impressive building is the Wihan which is called Lai Kham - a beautiful example of Lanna architecture. It is a squat, multi-tiered, carved building which contains the Golden Phra Buddha Sing the design of which is thought to have originated in Sri Lanka. Nearbye there is also a small building which contains a quite large gold reclining Buddha.
Ciang Mai Wat Phra Singh, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wat Phra Singh naga, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wat Phra Singh, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wat Phra Singh gold Buddha, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Wat Phra Singh reclining buddha, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wat Phra Singh, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wat Phra Singh Wat Phra Singh, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Wat Phra Singh building, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wat Phra Singh Chedi, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wat Phra Singh Wihan, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wat Phra Singh library, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Wat Phra Singh Library Hall was built around 1497ad during the reign of Pha Muang Kaew and has since been restored first by Chao Kawiroros Sunyawong and then in 1926 during the reign of King Rama VII. The east facing rectangular shaped building has two storeys - the ground floor is made of bricks and coated with lime and the upper floor is of wood - the roof is of earthen tiles. There are many stuccos including lions, tigers, elephants, fish and deer whilst the staircase features a Magara (a created mix of crocodile, dolphin and elephant) with a lion lying down on each side. The library is used for storing Dhamma (Buddhist teachings), Buddhist holy manuscripts and palm leaf scriptures.
Wat Chiang Man, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wat Chiang Man

Wat Chiang Mun - also known as Wat Chiang Man.

This was built between 1296 and 1297 a.d. by Phya Mungrai and was the first royal temple to be constructed in Chiang Mai's ancient City - it was built on the site of the Wiang Chiang Mun Palace. Several of the Temple's most valued artefacts are the white quartz Buddha image (in Lanna style) of Phra Setangkamanee (Phra Kaew Khao) and a stone Buddha statue. There is also a stone inscription written in 1581 a.d. which records the history of Wat Chiang Mun as well as the City of Chiang Mai. Wat Chiang Mun's Chedi "Chang Lom" is over 700 years old and has elephant stuccos surrounding it - this Chedi is the most important Chedi within the temple compound.
Wat Chiang Man Buddha, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wat Chiang Man Buddhas, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wat Chiang Man Chedi, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wat Chiang Man stuccos, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Wat Lok Molee, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wat Lok Molee Buddha, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wat Lok Molee temple guard, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Wat Lok Molee - Old City Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Wat Lok Molee is located a little to the north of the City moat - it was given it's name during the reign of King Guna as a result of 10 monks from the Phra Maha Uthumphonbupha Maha Savamee committee having stayed there for a while. The temple was known to have existed around 1367 a.d. - the Chedi was built in 1527 on the orders of King Phra Muang Kaew and the main hall was built in 1545. The Maha Chedi contains the ashes of both King Phra Muang Ket Klao and Queen Wisuthidhevee. The Chedi is huge and sits on a three tiered square base and a lotus base which is decorated with two moulded torus rings. The chamber is square and has a niche for a Buddha image on each side plus stuccos showing two divinities in each corner.
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