Chiang Mai, Temples — 29 September 2013 10 h 32 min

Temples in Chiang Mai.

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Temples in Chiang Mai.

Every visitor of the Kingdom of Thailand should have been at least once inside one of the many beautiful temples the country counts. In the northern city of Chiang Mai, there are at least 300 to choose from.

Chiang Mai, in the north of Thailand was founded by King Maengrai in 1296, but had to be relocated just fifteen years later when a great flood and change in the course of the Ping River left the city buried.

In the 1980’s Chiang Mai University Fine Arts Department began to explore and restore the area, and some of those over 700 year old temples are now open to the public, although many only are ruins.

Out of the many temples that are located in Chiang Mai, there are 3 who have a must see grating.

Wat Phra Singh is for the locals of the city a very important temple and is visited the most. It features a lovely architecture and the main ceremonial hall has some stunning paintwork. The construction of the temple was started in 1345, but got his name in 1367, when the statue of Phra Buddha Singh was brought to the temple. The main entrance, which is guarded by Singhs (lions), is situated at the end of the main street (Rachadamnoen road) of Chiang Mai. The road runs east from the temple, via Tapae Gate, to the Ping River.

In the 14th century, King Saen Muang Ma planned to bury the ashes of his father inside a chedi and so he ordered the construction of Wat Chedi Luang, but after 10 years construction was stopped to be later continued after the death of the king by his widow. Due to stability problems the temple was completed half way the 15th centuryI, and was 82 m high and had a base diameter of 54 m.

In 1468, the Emerald Buddha was placed in the temple but in 1545, the upper 30 m of the structure collapsed after an earthquake, and there for the Emerald Buddha was moved to Luang Prabang.

The third temple worth visiting in Chiang Mai is Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, which overlooks the city from mount Doi Suthep. Located about 15 km. from the city, in Doi Suthep National Park, the temple was erected in the 14th century but has expanded many times over the years. Its large golden chedi has become the symbol of the city in Thailand.

The climb to the temple is quite a walk, visitors need to climb 309 steps of the entryway stairs but it’s also possible to take a motorized tram to the top. From the top you have a great view over the city, and it is a good spot to take some unique photos.

Unlikely most temples in Chiang Mai, this temple charges an entery fee, this has also to do with the fact it is located in a National Park.

When visiting these temples, you can ask your best hotel of resort for directions or more information.

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