5 Best Temples in Chiang Mai
Travel guide for Chiang Mai visitor
Wat Chedi Luang
Also called the Temple of the Great Stupa, Wat Chedi Lung is one of the prominent Chiang Mai temples. With its imposing pagoda, Wat Chedi Luang is a treat for the eyes.
It is one of the tallest buildings in the old city and famous for its Lanna styled Chedi which lends an interesting feature to the architecture of this renowned temple in Chiang Mai.
Wat Phra Singh
Within the walls of the ancient city are several old temples of interest. Among them, Wat Phra Singh is perhaps the largest and most interesting, although it may not seem so at first glance. Upon entering the main gate, you’re greeted by a large and dusty parking area. Across the lot is a large wiharn (prayer hall) with an intricately carved front. This is your first clue that there’s more here than there might appear.
Wat Suan Dok
The fourteenth century temple of Wat Suan Dok is located just west of the old city walls on Suthep Road. The temple was built by King Keu Na of Lanna for a revered priest visiting from Sukhothai as a place for the monk to spend the rains retreat. The name of the temple roughly translates to “field of flowers.”
There are several unique features to this temple that you won’t see in just about any other wat around Chiang Mai,
Wat Phra That Doi Kham
The Phrathat Doi Kham Temple is an attractive not much visited temple known for its 17 meters high Buddha image. It is a beautiful temple situated on a lush mountainside near Chiang Mai Town. ‘Phrathat’ refers to the fact that this temple houses relics of the Buddha, and ‘Doi Kham’ means ‘Golden Mountain’. Literally, the name means “Temple of the Golden Mountain“. The sacred temple was built more than 1300 years ago, in 687 A.D.
Wat Sri Suphan
Wat Sri Suphan is also known as the Silver Temple because the entire surface of the temple, inside and out, is being covered in sparkling silver handcrafted decoration.
Wat Sri Suphan is an amazing, unique and intrinsic work of architectural marvel built entirely by the skilled traditional workers from the local community. Even if you’re not a temple fan, or you think that you’ve seen enough temple in Chiang Mai already,