Wat Ched Yot, Chiang Mai

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Wat Chet Yot is a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. It is a centre of pilgrimage for those born in the year of the Snake.
Wat Chet Yot is located northwest of the city centre of Chiang Mai along the Super Highway Chiang Mai - Lampang, north of the intersection of Huai Kaeo road and Nimmanhemin road.
King Tilokarat commissioned the construction of the temple in 1455 CE after he had sent monks to Bagan in Burma to study the design of the Mahabodhi temple there, itself a copy of the Mahabodhi Temple of Bodh Gaya in northern India, the location where Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, attained enlightenment.
According to the Jinakālamālī chronicle, in 1455 CE the king planted a bodhi tree on the spot and in 1476 CE "had established a large sanctuary in this monastery", probably for the celebration ceremony commemorating 2000 years of Buddhism. The following year the 8th Buddhist World Council was held at Wat Chet Yot to renew the Tripitaka (the Pali Canon).
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  • Different from the other Wat of Chiang Mai. A bit far from the centre but worth a visit (possibly to complement with the relatively nearby National Museum)
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  • Located next to the superhighway just east of maya, there are large shaded areas with shrines, two large temples,(one quite old), and it attracts art classes from Chiang Mai University. Parking is ava...  more »
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  • A beautifully peaceful spot, within the city. An almost 600 year old temple, ancient bodhi tree (from Sri Lanka I believe), and lovely gardens. An auspicious temple for those born in the year of the snake. The name of the temple in English has many different spellings (Chet Yot, Jet Yot, Jed Yod, etc.) due to the conversion to Latin script, but they are all the same temple. Has a neighborhood feel and also a feeling of something more grand.
  • Consists of several temples & shrines, the most unique one is the snake temple with Indian influence. Many people come to pray as it's the full.moon day of Lunar calender.
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