"Wat Chedi Luang" Wat Chedi Luang - Buddhist Temple Tip by PS_Lee81

  Monk at the wat
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  • Monk at the wat - Chiang Mai
      Monk at the wat
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  • The magnificent Wat Chedi Luang - Chiang Mai
      The magnificent Wat Chedi Luang
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  • Statue of The Buddha and Elephants - Chiang Mai
      Statue of The Buddha and Elephants
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  • Sleeping Buddha - Chiang Mai
      Sleeping Buddha
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  • My friend and me at the main entrance - Chiang Mai
      My friend and me at the main entrance
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I think this should be the main landmak in Chiang Mail old city as it is the biggest monument you can find. Nothing actually special about this wat except it is really huge and very old. People might find other wats more attractive because there seems like no renovation or upgrading works on this wat. But what you are getting will be the real wat aging thru the centuries since it was built.

There are about 4 Buddha statues in the wat which are located high above the ground level. You cannot go up as it was fenced up. Besides that, there are also a few big elephant statues surrounding the wat. Some of them are missing or damaged. Then one side of the wat was also destroyed, might happened during the Burmese invasion long long ago as Chiang Mai will be the closest city to Burma (Myanmar).

I believe there used to be a water canal surrounding the wat when it was first designed. However, it is now filled with grasses and what you can see is only dried up canal.

At the backyard, you can fine the statue of 2 monks and sleeping Buddha. You are very welcome to chat with the local monks as they are very happy to chat wi you. You can ask them anything about the Buddhist religion, monks' life, Chiang Mai's history, etc...

Address: 103 Phrapokklao Road
Directions: It is situated at the south part in the Chiang Mai old city.
Phone: +66 53 276 140

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 21, 2007
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