Chiang Mai Sightseeing - visiting Temples, Wats and Chedi.
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 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 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.
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 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.
Our other Topics related to visiting and looking around in Chiang Mai.
- Chiang Mai Travel, Touring and Holiday Guide
- Visiting Chiang Mai - about going to Chiang Mai with it's many beautiful Wats and Temples, (travelling there by bus).
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- Visiting Phuping Palace and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep at Chiang Mai
- Sightseeing trip to look round Phuping Palace and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Chedis which are quite close to Chiang Mai in Thailand
- Visiting Doi Inthanon Park in Northern Thailand
- Day trip from Chiang Mai to look around Doi Inthanon Park, including visiting the beautiful Vachiratham Waterfalls and Mae Klang Waterfalls.
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