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Wat Buppharam (Buppharam Temple)

Location : Mueang District
Wat Buppharam
Wat Buppharam

The temple is located on Tha Phae Road, Muang District. Interesting attractions include the chedi constructed in the Burmese architectural style, the carved wooden main chapel roof and the small wood chapel constructed in the local style.

Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan (Chedi Luang Worawihan Temple)

Location : Mueang District
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan

Wat Chedi Luang houses the largest chedi in Chiang Mai. The temple is located right in the middle of the city and was built in the reign of King Saen Mueang Mak, the seventh king of Mengrai Dynasty. The 98-metre tall and 54-metre wide chedi was built in the reign of King Tilokkarat. The construction was completed in 1481. In 1545 the chedi was collapsed due to an earthquake during the reign of King Jiraprapa. The chapel in the front was built by Chao Khun Uba Lee Poramacharn (Sirichantathera) and Chao Kaeo Navarat in 1928. The magnificent methodological serpents ramble from the entrance of the chapel to its door on both sides. It is believed that they are the most beautiful man-made serpents in the northern Thailand.

Wat Chiang Man (Chiang Man Temple)

Location : Mueang District
Wat Chiang Man
Wat Chiang Man

Located within the old walled city on Ratchaphakhinai Road, this is Chiang Mai's oldest temple, believed to date from 12 , when King Mengrai allegedly lived here while the new city of Chiang Mai was under construction. The temple is noteworthy for its fine Chedi supported by rows of elephant buttresses and a beautiful chapel, while enshrined within are the ancient Buddha images of Phra Kaeo Khao, a tiny crystal statue thought to have the power to bring rain, and Phra Sila Khao.

Wat Jed Yod (Jed Yod Temple)

Location : Mueang District
Wat Jed Yod
Wat Jed Yod

Wat Jed Yod is probably one of the least visited major temples. Jet Yod translates to "seven peaks" and refers to the seven chedis which top a structure in the temple complex (left). It's a very unusual - for Thailand - temple building. That's because it's a copy, sort of, of the Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya in India. It was built in the 15th century to host the Eighth World Buddhist Council. Nobody seems to know the results of the council, but the temple remains. There's an uninviting cave-like hall in the rectangular base of the structure supporting the seven chedi, while a more typical modern wiharn stands in front of the old monument.

Wat Ket Karam (Ket Karam Temple)

Location : Mueang District

This temple was establish some five hundred and eighty two years ago and has gone through some name changes and shows the unique and diverse cultures that go into making Chiang Mai such a special and warm place to live or visit. It is truly Lanna yet has buildings that are of Chinese design and influence, some buildings are european influenced with Central Thai features. Some how the blend and mix has made this place a truly special place to visit. The first name of the temple was Wat Sa Gate named for the Chiang Mai Royal Families ceremonial structure which the Royal family used to wash their hair at, on the first day of Songkran (Lanna New Years). It was change because it was the same name as another temple down south. Now it is Wat Ket Karam or "Wat Gate" by farang spelling. It is also the home of the so called Wat Gate Museum.

Wat Ku Tao (Ku Tao Temple)

Location : Mueang District
Wat Ku Tao
Wat Ku Tao

Wat Ku Tao was formerly called Wat Veru Vanaram. The temple is located in Tambon Sri Phum near Chiang Mai Stadium. It is noteworthy for an unusual watermelon shaped pagoda, thus giving such name by the locals. An exact period of its establishment is somewhat unknown, but from a legend, the Ku Tao chedi contains ashes of Prince Saravadee, the son of King Bureng Nong who ruled Chiang Mai from 1579 to 1607.

Wat Muen Ngoen Kong (Muen Ngoen Kong Temple)

Location : Mueang District
Wat Muen Ngoen Kong
Wat Muen Ngoen Kong

Is located south of Wat Phra Singh. This temple was built in the time of King Mengrai in Lanna style. "Muen Ngen Kong" means millionaire or riches. On the side building, house a reclining Buddha image. The temple is surrounded by smaller replica chedi's, which represent the various star signs according to the Chinese calendar. It is beautiful temple hidden from the main road.

Wat Ou Sai Kham (Ou Sai Kham Temple)

Location : Mueang District
Wat Ou Sai Kham
Wat Ou Sai Kham

Wat Ou Sai Kham is located on Chang Moi Kao street near to Tapae Gate. Wat is more than 300 years old but was abandoned by the monks because the size of the local village couldn't support the monastery. Wat Ou Sai Kham was reconstructed in 1841 A.D. It is believed that the name Ou Sai Kham came from a lady who donated the land where the wat stands now. She came from Chiang San (Chiang Rai province). The name means temple of golden sand.

Wat Pan Tao (Pan Tao Temple)

Location : Mueang District
Wat Pan Tao
Wat Pan Tao

Wat Phan Tao, located on Phra Pok Klao Road beside Wat Chedi Luang. The temple was a throne hall for King Mahotara Prateth, thus the peacock shaped doors were built. It is believed that peacock is a symbol of king.

Wat Phra Singh Worawihan (Phra Singh Worawihan Temple)

Location : Mueang District

Wat Phra Singh Worawihan
Wat Phra Singh Worawihan

The Wat Phra Singh is one of the biggest, finest and most famous temples in Chiang Mai. It is located on the western side of the medieval walled city of Chiang Mai, at the end of Phra Singh Road which leads from Ratchadamnoen Road (note: there's an error on Google Map where Ratchadamnoen Road isn't named Phra Singh Road beyond Phra Pok Klao junction). The name Wat Phra Singh means Monastery of the Lion Buddha.

Wat Phra Singh has two of the most exquisite structures of Lanna architecture that is still standing, namely the ho trai and Viharn Lai Kham. It is also home to the Phra Sihing Buddha image, one of the most important Buddha images in the city. The monastery was built by King Pha Yu, seventh ruler of the Mangrai Dynasty, in 1345, to enshrine the ashes of his father, King Kham Fu. The chedi containing the king's ashes is located behind the ubosot.

Wat Phrathat Doi Kham (Phrathat Doi Kham Temple)

Location : Mueang District
Wat Phrathat Doi Kham
Wat Phrathat Doi Kham

This temple is situated in Tambon Mae Hia, Amphoe Mueang. It is a beautiful temple situated on a lush mountainside near Chiang Mai Town. 'Wat Phra That' refers to the fact that this temple houses relics of the Buddha, and 'Doi Kham' means 'Golden Mountain’. The sacred temple was built more than 1300 years ago, in 687 A.D. It had been abandoned, but in 1966 villagers discovered a hidden chamber containing many ancient Buddha images of various sizes, and this find prompted revitalization. There is an interesting folktale about Lord Buddha visiting this temple and meeting a rakshasa (demon) family who tried to eat him. Lord Buddha conquered them by sending them his kindness, which they could not stand. The rakshasa family eventually converted, revering our Lord Buddha, and also gave up consuming human flesh.

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep (Phrathat Doi Suthep Temple)

Location : Mueang District
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is probably Chiang Mai's most important site for visitors, and certainly its most visible. Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep nestles into the side of Doi Suthep some 3,000 feet above sea level amongst some of the most picturesque scenery you are likely to encounter. Built by King Gue-Na in 1383, the temple houses a large copper-plate Chedi (twenty-two meters high) that is covered in gold and contains holy relics of the Lord Buddha. As well as being a key tourism destination, the temple has considerable importance and Buddhist pilgrims visit the site all year round. The temple has four chapels and an important golden Buddha image is found at the temple.

Wat Phuak Hong (Phuak Hong Temple)

Location : Mueang District
Wat Phuak Hong
Wat Phuak Hong

Wat Phuak Hong is also located south of Wat Phra Sing within the old city of Chiang Mai. Two sets of lions guide the way into the beautiful Lanna-style Viharn, which contains two larger Buddha images. The much smaller Ubosot is located to the side of the Viharn while the Chedi Sri Phuak Hong is located behind it. Literature calls out various architectural styles for this chedi and leaves it open to interpretation whether it is more Lanna-style or Yunnanese-influenced. We enjoyed visiting the temple in any case and were invited to some fresh fruits by the abbot of the temple, providing us with a welcome break during the Chiang Mai Songkran craze.

Wat Prasat (Prasat Temple)

Location : Mueang District
Wat Prasat
Wat Prasat

Wat Prasat, located on Inthawarorot Road near Wat Phra Sing. The temple houses traditional Lanna architecture chapel, the chapel roof is decorated in colourful glasses and wooden craved lions. Wat Prasat houses one of the rare Lanna arts’ Buddha image.

Wat Saen Fang (Saen Fang Temple)

Location : Mueang District
Wat Saen Fang
Wat Saen Fang
Wat Saen Fang is located on Tha Phae Road. This is the old temple, built in the Burmese architecture. The residence of the abbot dating from more than 100 years is an interesting attraction in the temple compound. King Intavitchayanontha, the seventh king who governed Chiang Mai commanded to destroy the residence of Phra Chao Gavirorossurivongs (Chao Chevit Ao), the sixth ruler of Chiang Mai.1877, later his former residence was rebuilt in this temple. The celebration was held in 1878.

Wat Suan Dok (Suan Dok Temple)

Location : Mueang District
Wat Suan Dok
Wat Suan Dok

Wat Suan Dok is one of the oldest temples in Chiang Mai. This temple has been established for 700 years. Wat Suan Dok (Flower Garden Temple) is in the west of old Chiang Mai. It?s just off the airport road. There are dozens and dozens of small white chedi, about three meters (10 feet) to six meters (20 feet) high. These house the ashes of many of the Chiang Mai Royal Family but the largest one, just to the south, is a Buddhist relic chedi.

The Viharn (main temple builing) is enormous, the largest in Chiang Mai, it is not very colourful, having a grey tiled roof, though the pillars and eaves are highly decorated and hung with trembling wind bells. The altar displays Buddha images of various sizes with a large sitting Buddha facing and a tall standing Buddha image behind.

Wat Umong Mahatherachan (Umong Mahatherachan Temple)

Location : Mueang District
Wat Umong Mahatherachan
Wat Umong Mahatherachan

Wat Umong Mahatherachan, located on Suthep Road in the town. The spacious temple was found in the reign in King Mengrai around 1296. The renovation was done in the reign of King Kue Na. The large wall like building with a connected tunnel inside is a remarkable piece of art located in the temple compound. A large stupa is located near the temple’s wall. Wat Umong Mahatherachan is teemed with various kinds of trees, thus making it an ideal meditation place.