Chiang Mai, 9 unique temples

The presence of Buddhism in Chiang Mai through its numerous temples is a substantial part of the identity of the city and one of the reasons why it is so welcoming. If you are interested in Buddhism or want to take the opportunity to see more temples, we suggest you a selection that is worth visiting:

Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai

This monastery has in particular that in its garden you will find quite a few animal statues and among them one of the Donald Duck. It’s probably a trait of postmodernity when everything fits. Anyway, this temple is recommended for those travelling with children.

Wat Buppharam, Chiang Mai

Wat Chiang Man (C)

The oldest temple in the city. Inside there is a stone with the first inscriptions with the name of Chiang Mai and it houses two revered Buddha figures, very important during the Songkran liturgy in April to propitiate a good rainy season.

Wat Chiang Man, Chiang Mai
Wat Chiang Man, Chiang Mai

Wat Jedyod (J)

Its architecture is unique, unlike any other in the city. Built during the reign of the King Tilokkarat in the 15th Century, it is a sample of Chinese and Indian influence in local art. Jed Yod means seven peaks about the seven chedis perched at the top of the structure.

Wat Jedyod, Chiang Mai.
Wat Jedyod, Chiang Mai

Wat Ku Tao (K)

This temple also stands out for its uniqueness. The chedi or stupa resembles a succession of watermelons, one on top of the other. For this reason, it is known as Ku Tao (watermelon is ‘ba tao’ in the Lanna dialect). Modelled in Burmese style, in late March here there is a celebration called Poi Sang Long, a unique Burmese style ordination festival.

Wat Ku Tao, Chiang Mai

Wat Lok Molee (L)

Splendid Lanna style temple. It is worth admiring the beautiful wooden crafts on its walls. Its construction dates from the 14th century, during the Kingdom of Lanna.

Wat Lok Molee, Chiang Mai.
Wat Lok Molee, Chiang Mai

Wat Phrathat Doi Kham (P)

The name means ‘Temple of the Golden Mountain’. Located on the Doi Kham hill, it offers a similar view to Wat Doi Suthep but is less visited by foreigners and therefore retains the local atmosphere. It is believed that it was built in the 7th Century to house relics of Buddha. It is not far from the Night Safari.

Wat Phrathat Doi Kham, Chiang Mai.
Wat Phrathat Doi Kham, Chiang Mai

Wat Sri Suphan (SI)

This temple dates from the reign of King Muang Kaew of the Mangrai dynasty, in the 16th century. It’s curious because silver and aluminium have replaced the old structure of the building.

Wat Sri Suphan, Chiang Mai.
Wat Sri Suphan, Chiang Mai

Wat Suan Dok (SU)

Interesting because of its historical significance. The place used to be the flower garden of the royal family of King Mangrai before becoming a sacred monastery, and some beautiful stupas house the ashes of the Lanna kings.

Wat Suan Dok, Chiang Mai.
Wat Suan Dok, Chiang Mai

Wat U-Mong (U)

Wat U Mong is an example of the first Buddhist monasteries, generally located on the outskirts of the cities. The community of monks keeps it alive, and here you can take part in a meditation course for foreigners.

Wat U-Mong, Chiang Rai
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Chiang Mai, 9 unique temples
They are dozens and you can´t visit all of them. Here we show you a selection that is worthwhile for some reason. You will find it useful for making your choice.
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Manuel Francisco Jalón

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