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Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, Chiang Mai

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Admire the traditional design and reverential atmosphere at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, a Buddhist temple located in Chiang Mai's historical center. King Saen Muang Ma initiated construction in the 14th century, intending to bury his father's ashes here. The project wasn't completed until the mid 15th century, and since then the temple has been rebuilt, refurbished, and redesigned on numerous occasions. Originally three separate temple areas, the sites were joined up to create the place of worship you see today, making it an area of impressive scale as well as architecture. Visit the grounds to discover its interesting and volatile history; look for the replica of the famous Emerald Buddha once housed here and the city pillar surrounded by three dipterocarp trees. Add Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan and other attractions to your Chiang Mai trip itinerary using our Chiang Mai trip generator.
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  • My favorite part was the old ruins at the back of the temple complex with the gorgeous elephant statues and the imposing height of the structure. Grand and with a deep sense of history. Definitely wor...  more »
  • This temple remains our favorite. Currently undergoes a complete renovation but remains open for viewing.
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  • This is one of my favourite temples in Chiang Mai. The architecture is beautiful and there are a lot to see.  more »
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  • the compound comprises a historical pyramid, a big temple and then few smaller buildings. Women are not allowed to go inside some of them though, which was a shame because I could peek some stunning murals. Nevertheless, what I saw was very inspiring. The big temple is gorgeously decorated! Very peaceful atmosphere.
  • Arrived during a festival. Was beautiful experience. Painted gold leaf on the Buddha of the day we where born on (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday). You must dress appropriately, though you can sometimes be given coverings. No hats.
  • This Temple is consider to be an ancient pillar Temple for Chiangmai. In Old Thai traditional, Thais will pick the best location spiritually to place the city pillar along building the temple for sacredness and to ward off any danger in the old days. Worth a look for you will find the mesmerizing Che-Di guarded with Nagas.
  • Historical building and I love to see old stuff. There's a 40 Baht admission fee for foreigners. The complex consists of a historical pyramid, a big temple and then some smaller structures. They all are very impressive to see. The big temple is beautifully decorated.
  • I visited this temple while on a tour with a group of about 20. The walled in temple grounds were busy, but there is enough walking around between the different buildings that we weren't bothered by the crowds - we just tried sticking towards the back to visit areas after the masses cleared out. Though the large ancient temple in a lot of the pictures cannot be physically accessed, you can still walk around it and see much of the detail that is still standing. Overall, a beautiful site to visit for an hour or so. Since the cost of the entry was included in the tour, I can't speak to the cost of it.

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