The Chedi Luang monastery is interesting for several reasons: the Lanna architecture of its buildings is truly worthy of admiration; the assembly hall is one of the most beautiful in all of Thailand and, finally, because it’s inhabited by a community of young monks who are available to chat with visitors.
It is located in the city centre, not far from the Wat Phra Singh, and annexed to the temple is situated the pillar of the city (Intakin).
Monks come to the vihan to pray daily at 08h00 and 17h00, and at 09h00 and 15h00 in the days of Buddha.
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Opening hours: 08h00 – 17h00
Admission fee: 50 bath
The video offered below is really interesting, it includes an initiation ceremony held in the main hall of the monastery.
The first thing you will see on entering the site is a strange building that almost looks unfinished. It is difficult to tell what it might have been used for.
Well, the answer to that can be found in the name of this temple, since this building is a chedi or stupa.
In this case, 60 years after construction was completed in 1481 an earthquake destroyed the stupa’s upper section, truncating the building and reducing its height from 80 to less than 60 meters.
Visitors can talk to the monks at this temple, and it’s a good opportunity to hear about some of their experiences as Buddhists or to ask any questions you might have about monastic life since there are many young monks here (only for a period, not necessarily long).