Located in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is home to beautiful and elaborate temples that hold so much value and significance in terms of history, religion, culture, and art. In this article, you will discover eight breathtaking temples in and around the gorgeous city of Chiang Mai.
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1. Wat Chedi Laung, , Thailand -


Located in the historic center of Chiang Mai, this Buddhist temple was originally made up of three temples — Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Ho Tham, and Wat Sukmin. It is famous for its ordination hall of Lanna architecture and its enormous chedi. Wat Chedi Laung is measured at 282 feet high and 144 feet wide (at the base).

Address:103 Prapokkloa Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Chedi_Luang

2. Wat Phra Singh Woramahawihan, , Thailand -


Wat Phra Singh Woramahawihan is a focal point for religious celebrations during the Songkran festival. Wat Phra Singh, dominated by an enormous mosaic-inlaid wí·hăhn (sanctuary), stands out for its lavish monastic buildings and immaculately trimmed grounds, dotted with coffee stands and massage pavilions. The famous Buddha image is Phra Singh (Lion Buddha), housed in Wihan Lai Kham, a small chapel immediately south of the chedi (stupa), which is a huge attraction for pilgrims and others. The temple library (Ho Trai), decorated with bas-relief angels, is one of the unique structures of the temple.

Address:2 Samlarn Rd, Tambon Phra Sing, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50280, Thailand
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Phra_Singh

3. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Ratchaworawihan, , Thailand -


This is a beautiful Theravada Buddhist temple of Thai architecture. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is reached through a 306-step staircase flanked by naga (mythical sea serpents). It is located 15 kilometers from the city. This temple offers a panoramic view of downtown Chiang Mai from a mountain (Doi Suthep). It is also sacred ground to many Thai people.

Address:9 หมู่ที่ 9 Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Phra_That_Doi_Suthep

4. Wat Chiang Man, , Thailand -


Chiang Mai's oldest temple, Wat Chiang Man, is home to some important Buddhist images, including a famous crystal Buddha. The temple complex, which was built in different styles of architecture, has two main meditation halls, both extensively decorated in gold and red with images of the Buddha. Interestingly, despite being in the middle of Chiang Mai's old city, Wat Chiang Man is rarely busy and has a serene garden area to sit and reflect in.

Address:171 Ratchapakhinai Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Chiang_Man

5. Wat Suan Dok, , Thailand -


Built-in the late 14th century, Wat Suan Dok houses several historical significance structures. This includes the mausoleums housing the ashes of late Chiang Mai rulers, the principal pagoda that enshrines the Buddha's relics, and a large open-air assembly hall. Sitting at 4.7 meters tall and cast in the ancient Chiang Saen style, the principal Buddha image is housed inside the ordination hall.      

Address:139 Suthep Rd, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Phone: +66 53 278 304
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Suan_Dok ,http://www.watsuandok.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/watsuandok

6. Wat Rong Khun - White Temple, Tambon Pa O Don Chai, Thailand -


Better known to foreigners as the White Temple, this privately owned Buddhist temple which doubles as an art exhibit, is owned by Chalermchai Kositpipat. One of Chiang Rai's most visited attractions, Wat Rong Khun, is a unique temple covered in white color and pieces of glass which sparkles in the sun. While the white color signifies the purity of the Buddha, the glass symbolizes the Buddha's wisdom.

Address:60 หมู่ที่ 1 Thanon Phahon Yothin, Tambon Pa O Don Chai, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai, Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Rong_Khun

7. Wat Ban Den, Inthakhin, Thailand -


Sprawling Buddhist temple, this monastery complex houses religious art, a scripture library, and a gift shop. Officially known as Wat Bandensali Si Mueang Kaen, the temple, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and sacred fig-trees, stands prominently on top of a small hill (under which there's a sacred cave).


Address:Inthakhin, Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai 50150, Thailand

8. Wat Chet Yot, Phra Aram Luang, , Thailand -


Officially called Wat Photharam Maha Wihan or the temple of the seven spires, this Buddhist temple is a pilgrimage center for those born in the year of the Snake. With quite a few interesting buildings in its beautiful complex, the main structure is the Maha Chedi.

Address:90 หมู่ที่ 2 Tambon Chang Phueak, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand
Phone: +66 81 783 8567
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Chet_Yot ,https://www.watjedyod.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/watjedyodroyaltemple

Chaing Mai temple is a great tour option for tourists interested in learning about the Buddhist tradition and its temples. These temples are rich in value, history, religion, culture, and art. Indeed, they are stunning!