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  Spirit House where the City Pillar is located
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Many towns in Thailand have a city pillar shrine which marks the center of the town, and all distances from a city are measured from the pillar.
The 1st Chiang Mai City Pillar was erected in 1296 A.D.
Chiang Mai's City Pillar is located on the grounds of Wat Chedi Luang because the temple itself marks the center of Chiang Mai.

If you are visiting Chiang Mai in May, then you will witness the 7 day Inthakin festival, during which the people of Chiang Mai pay their respects to the city?s pillar.
Legend has it that the ceremony will bring good blessings to both participants at the festival and the city of Chiang Mai itself, and that the rains will fall in abundance to bring a bountiful harvest.
Probably 100,000 people will descend on the City for this Festival.

Today, Chiangmai's City Pillar stands in a walk-in spirit house on the left hand side, when entering through the front gate.

Directions: Phrapokklao Rd. between Ratchamankha and Ratchadamnoen Rds., Chiang Mai

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  • Updated Aug 14, 2009
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