When you plan to visit Chiang Mai, a well-known place for 300 Buddhist temples, you must be thinking which temples you should add in ‘must visit’ list. Well, it is easy to say that you should see as many as possible as the real beauty of this place lies in those beautiful and historic temples. Some of them are deeply hidden in alleyways while some needs to be hiked on a millions of stairs. Every temple has its own charm with some religious ambiance and peace in the air that you can cherish as a beautiful memory. Below is the list of some top listed temples which deserves to be seen for sure.
Wat Chiang Man
Now this temple is what you can call to be purely oldest of all as it dates back to 1296. Oh yes, you read it right that it was built in that time by King Mengrai who stayed in this temple during the construction of city. You would love to see the 15 beautifully carved elephants into its base along with a beautiful Lanna and Sinhales styles in its architecture.
Wat Phan Tao
It is a small temple but very famous as it is made of teak wood in whole. This area was earlier an assembly hall which was used as a Throne hall for Chiang Mai’s Kings. You would surely get amazingly fascinated with the long and tall teak pillars along with mirrored mosaics. You would love to see a gold covered chedi behind it as well which is stunningly beautiful.
This is a unique temple which is totally different from others and deserves a must visit. It is also known as a tunnel temple due to being built into a forested foothill of Doi Southep around some 700 years ago. This gives a unique experience of crouching through different narrow and small tunnels to explore the beauty of this temple.
Wat Chedi Luang
It is considered as one of the oldest temple in Chiang Mai as it is dated back from 1400s while there are some other temples too which are even older than this. This temple is a bit destroyed from its top area but the source for this destruction is unknown as it happened centuries ago. The good thing is that it does not look this much older and in fact, people visits this temple to see the ruins of damaged Chedi which are maintained very well here.
Wat Phra Singh
This temple is known to be the most popular one amongst the visitors due to its Lion Buddha image which can also be seen in a small chapel which is next to the golden chedi. Also, you would find some amazingly beautiful Lanna styled architecture in this temple which is another reason of its popularity. And the best part is its location on west side of the old city which is also famous route way for street markets on every Sunday while you can use it for a walking tour of old city temples as well.
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