Temple Hopping in Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Temple Hopping in Chiang Mai, Thailand

This post is part of the series Chiang Mai

Other posts in this series:

  1. Wat Sri Suphan: The Silver Temple in Chiang Mai
  2. Wat Chedi Luang: Temple of the Great Stupa in Chiang Mai
  3. Wat Phra Singh: The Golden Temple in Chiang Mai

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  1. 3 Week Thailand Itinerary
  2. Wat Arun: The Temple of Dawn in Bangkok, Thailand
  3. Wat Pho: The Temple of Reclining Buddha in Bangkok
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Chiang Mai is the biggest city in Northern Thailand and one of the favourite cities of all Digital Nomads in South East Asia! I could totally image, me living here for a while, because there is much to see and do without the commotion of a megacity like Bangkok. During my first time in Chiang Mai I had 5 days in order to discover the true face of the city, which was everything but less than enough! So we decided to spend most of our time in temple hopping around the city!

 

Chiang Mai is home to more than 300 Buddhist temples. Some of the temples were built in the Himalayan Foothills at the very beginning of Chiang Mai’s development (1296). During that period, Chiang Mai was the capital of the Lanna Kingdom (1296-1768). Nowadays, the city is still the spiritual capital of Thailand and is well worth a visit.

 

“A Silver Temple. A Gold Temple. A White Temple. A Mountain Temple. A Big Stupa Temple. A Lanna-Style Temple. An Indian Style Temple. An Everything-You-Wish-For-A-Temple”

 

Chaing Mai has them All!

 

And there is something for every taste!

 

Having the numbers in mind, I can totally approve the statement that Chiang Mai is the spiritual capital of Thailand!

 
Chiang Mai has some of the most jaw-dropping ancient Buddhist temples, which always leave visitors in awe.
 
Here are my top 9 temples which you should definitely visit on your next trip to Chiang Mai!
 

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

 

Although there are hundreds of temples within the city walls of Chiang Mai, the most sacred one is overlooking the city from its mountain throne of Doi Suthep! Wat Phra That Doi Suthep can be seen from almost every place in Chiang Mai as it is located on the top of the mountain near the city. Doi Suthep Temple is important not only for the people of the north but it is also one of the most sacred temples for Buddhist in- and outside Thailand…

 

! Did you know that ...
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep was built in 1383 by King Keu Naone and according, to popular legend, the King built the temple to hold a piece of bone from Buddha’s shoulder.
 

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep: The Mountain Temple of Chiang Mai


 
Temple Hopping, Chiang Mai

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
 

Things to Know Before You Go: Doi Suthep

 

Official Name: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Address: 9 Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200

Opening Hours: Doi Suthep is open every day from Monday-Sunday – 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

Tickets: 30 THB per person, donations are always appreciated

 

 

Wat Chedi Luang

 

Wat Chedi Luang, the Temple of the Big Stupa, is an impressive ruined Buddhist temple in the centre of Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. The temple is dating from the 14th and 15th centuries and is one of Chiang Mai’s most important attractions as well as one of the most noteworthy temples in the city.

 

We visit the temple during our Chiang Mai Temple Tour. It was definitely worth visiting the 600 years old temple – Wat Chedi Luang is one of the must-sees when you are staying in Chiang Mai.

 

! Did you know that ...
The name of the Chedi Luang Temple gets translated alternatively as the Royal Pagoda, or the Great Stupa. “Luang” means large in the Northern Thai dialect.
 

Wat Chedi Luang: Temple of the Great Stupa in Chiang Mai


 
Temple Hopping, Chiang Mai

Wat Chedi Luang Temple. Chiang Mai
 

Things to Know Before You Go: Wat Chedi Luang

 

Official Name: Wat Chedi Luang

Address: 103 Prajadhipok Road Si Phum, Chiang Mai

Opening Hours: Wat Chedi Luang is open every day from Monday-Sunday – 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

Tickets: 40 THB for adults and 20 for children (free for locals)

 

 

Wat Chiang Man

 

Wat Chiang Man is one of the most remarkable temples located inside the city walls of Chiang Mai’s old town. Wat Chiang Man is relatively small Buddhist temple which is reported to be the oldest temple in Chiang Mai.  The temple was built by King Mengrai some 700 years ago. King Mangrai was also Ching Mai’s founder who lived in the temple while overseeing the construction of the new capital of Lanna Kingdom. According to a stone inscription found within the temple, Chiang Man was restored in 1471, 1558, 1571, and 1581…

 

! Did you know that ...
The name of the Temple “Chiang Man” means “City Stable”.
 

Wat Chiang Man: The Oldest Temple in Chiang Mai


 
Wat Chiang Man, Chiang Mai

Temple Hopping, Chiang Mai
 

Things to Know Before You Go: Wat Chiang Man

 

Official Name: Wat Chiang Man, often written as Wat Chiang Mun

Address: 171 Ratchapakhinai Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200

Opening Hours: Wat Chiang Man is open every day from Monday-Sunday – 6:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tickets: No entrance fee

 

 

Wat Phra Singh

 

Wat Phra Singh is one of the most beautiful temples out of the 300 plus temples found in the Chiang Mai area. And if you ask, it is one of these temples that you must see during your stay in the city. I won’t easily forget the impressiveness of its layout, architecture and golden shine!

 

Wat Phra Singh is located on the western side in the old town of Chiang Mai. The complex is not only a temple but also an active monastery and school as well. Wat Phra Singh is known as “The Monastery of the Lion Buddha” or “The temple of the Lion Buddha”. Many monks and novices are also living here.

 

! Did you know that ...
Wat Phra Singh houses an important Buddha statue called Phra Buddha Sihing which gives the temple its name. In 1922 the head of the Buddha statue was stolen so it is highly possible that the present statue is a copy.
 

Wat Phra Singh: The Golden Temple in Chiang Mai


 

 

Things to Know Before You Go: Wat Phra Singh

 

Official Name: Wat Phra Singh

Address: 2 Samlarn Rd, Phra Sing, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200

Opening Hours: Wat Phra Singh is open every day from Monday-Sunday – 6:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tickets: Free entrance (sometimes it could be 20 BHT for foreigners)

 

 

Wat Sri Suphan

 

If you ask me, the Silver Temple is a literally a hidden gem of the north and a stroke of genius! Since its original construction from 1502, Wat Srisuphan has been renovated numerous times. The most recent redesign began in 2004 when local silversmiths assist in renovating the temple into what we can see nowadays.

 

The silver Temple has probably the most beautiful exterior and interior you will find in all Thailand. Both covered by silver art pieces and displaying some detailed silver carvings of Buddhism legends. Anyway, not every building within this temple complex is silver! Many of the structures and statues within the temple complex are painted in the shade of crimson, metallic blue, and gold. Its surrounding area is absolutely secluded and peaceful. And the best thing – there are almost no tourist … different than the buzzling temple culture in Bangkok.

 

! Did you know that ...
From 17.30 to 21.00 each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, visitors have a chance to talk about life with English speaking Monks in free “monk chat” sessions. Meditation courses are also available at the temple.
 

Wat Sri Suphan: The Silver Temple in Chiang Mai


 

 

Things to Know Before You Go: Wat Sri Suphan

 

Official Name: Wat Sri Suphan

Address: 100 Wulai Road, next to the Wualai Saturday Walking Street Market, Chiang Mai 50100

Opening Hours: Wat Sri Suphan is open every day from Monday-Sunday – 6:00 am to 9:00 pm

Tickets: Free admission

 

 

Wat Suan Dok

 

The Wat Suan Dok located just West of the old walled part of Chiang Mai city. Wat Suan Dok is famous for its numerous small white chedis. The chedis have different size: some of them are three meters high, others are up to six meters. The temple houses the ashes of many of the Chiang Mai Royal Family.

 

! Did you know that ...
Wat Suan Dok literally means “flower garden temple”.

 

 
Temple Hopping, Chiang Mai
 
Temple Hopping, Chiang Mai
 

Things to Know Before You Go: Wat Suan Dok

 

Official Name: Wat Buppharam

Address: 143 Thapae Rd, Chang Khlan, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300

Opening Hours: Wat Suan Dok is open every day from Monday-Sunday – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tickets: Free admission

 

Wat Buppharam

 

The Wat Buppharam is located outside the wall of Old Chiang Mai, on Thapae Road, the street in front of the Thapae Gate. The Temple was built in 1497 during the reign of the Lanna King Muang Kaeo. The Chedi was built in Burmese style, and the ordination hall – in Lanna style.

 
 

! Did you know that ...
Infront of Wat Buppharam Temple is a statue of Donald Duck eating a bowl of noodles.

 
Temple Hopping, Chiang Mai
 
Temple Hopping, Chiang Mai
 

Things to Know Before You Go: Buppharam

 

Official Name: Wat Buppharam Dok Mai

Address: 139 Suthep Rd, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200

Opening Hours: Wat Buppharam is open every day from Monday-Sunday – 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

Tickets: Free admission

 

 

Wat Chet Yot

 

The Wat Jed Yod is an interesting Temple located in the city walls of Chiang Mai’s Old Town. Wat Chet Yot was built during the 15th century in Lanna, Rattanakosin, Lao, Chinese and Indian style. In 1477, it hosted the eighth meeting of the World Buddhist Council, convened to clarify doctrinal matters.

 
Temple Hopping, Chiang Mai
 

Things to Know Before You Go: Wat Chet Yot

 

Official Name: Wat Photharam Maha Wihan

Address: Tambon Chang Phueak, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200

Opening Hours: Wat Chet Yot is open every day from Monday-Sunday – 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

Tickets: Free admission

 

 

Wat Fon Soi

 

Wat Fon Soi Temple is located on the south side of the moat behind the market.  Wat Fon Soi has white, square-shaped chedi and richly decorated main hall. The grounds are beautifully decorated with trees and flowers.

 
Temple Hopping, Chiang Mai
 

 

Things to Know Before You Go: Wat Fon Soi

 

Official Name: Wat Fon Soi

Address: 45 Prapokkloa Rd, Tambon Phra Sing, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200

Opening Hours: Wat Fon Soi is open every day from Monday-Sunday – 4:00 am to 6:00 pm

Tickets: Free admission

 
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