Temples Of Chiang Mai Thailand
Chiang Mai offers great memories, friendly locals, beautiful scenery, and 300 awe-inspiring temples. If you don’t have time or the energy to visit all 300 temples, there are definitely some must see temples, which should be on your list.
Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Chiang Man, & Wat Phan Tao are beautiful temples located within the city walls & all three temples can easily be visited in one day. Another awe-inspiring temple & most visited is the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, but this temple requires a journey up a mountain road & 309 step walk to reach the top of the temple.
The Temple Of Wat Chedi Luang
Wat Chedi Luang is definitely not flashy, shiny, or gold plated, but it’s definitely are-inspiring. Built in 1441, Wat Chedi Luang stands as one of the largest ancient structures in Chiang Mai. The temple was a little bit taller until ether an earthquake or cannon fire during the recapture of Chiang Mai from the Burmese in 1775 destroyed the top of the chedi.
The temple has 4 sides, each with a staircase guarded by mythical Naga creatures. Midway up the stairs located on one section of the temple, there are beautifully sculpted stoned elephants stand guard overlooking the grounds. Besides the towering & awe-inspiring Chedi, the temple grounds contain two viharns, which are structures used for ceremonies & worship.