Chiang Mai is a city with numerous temples! In the walled city alone there are dozens of temples that are all beautiful. My heart always beat faster when I am in a place where there are many temples! I visited dozens of temples in Chiang Mai and see the differences, the unique characteristics and contrasts! What are the must see temples in Chiang Mai?
I think these are the 5 must see temples in Chiang Mai!
1. Wat Phra That Doi Kham
This is one of the must see temples in Chiang Mai and it is also known as the “temple of the golden mountain”. It is not known to many tourists, because the local people visit this temple and during my visit I did not see any other tourist. The temple is a twenty minute drive from the old town of Chiang Mai. This temple is breathtakingly beautiful! You will find a number of very large, meters high beautiful Buddha statues, one of which is sitting, one is lying and one is standing.
2. Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
The Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is the most important and also the most famous temple of Chiang Mai. This temple is named after the mountain on which the temple is located. It is a climb of more than 300 steps, but for 50 Baht you can also climb a cable car.
At the top of the temple you have a beautiful view of the city!
It is one of the most historically and spiritually important places in Thailand and is an impressive embodiment of the Lanna culture, which has its origins dating back almost 700 years.
The temple consists mainly of a lot of gold and decorations. These temples are very popular and therefore very crowded and I was there very early in the morning to be so busy and this is what I recommend to you! This temple is about a half hour drive from the city. Keep in mind that the road up to the temple is rather tortuous. You can rent a scooter yourself or you can arrange a taxi to take you to the temple.
3. Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara
This temple stands in the middle of the walled city center. Once this temple was 60 meters wide and 80 meters high and it was the place where the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most sacred religious relic, was set up. But the temple was damaged during an earthquake in 1545 and since then the temple has been halved in height. I find this temple special, because the atmosphere is very calm.
During my visit to this temple I really experienced a wonderful serenity and that is an exception compared to the other temples.
This temple is special because it does not look like the other temples at all. You can not go inside, but just walk around and amaze that every side of the temple looks different and super nice.
4. Wat Pra Singh
This temple is also in the middle of the walled city center and right next to the Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara. To visit the Wat Pra Singg temple you have to pay entrance fee of 20 Baht. This temple is huge inside and there is a beautiful and golden Buddha statue. The temple is the most beautiful in the afternoon, because then the sunlight falls beautifully into the temple!
5. Wat Sri Suphan
This is a silver temple, but in fact only small parts of the temple are made of silver and the rest of nickel and aluminum are made, which give a nice silver effect. Unfortunately, women are not allowed to enter this temple! Yet I found this temple worthwhile, because everything seems silver and the many details and architecture are beautiful. Especially the rear wall is impressive with a number of golden buddhas beautiful against the silver background. The temple is not that big, but is certainly unique.
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What to think about when you visit a buddhist temple?
● Your clothes: cover your shoulders and your legs.
● Do not sit with your feet towards the buddha statue.
● Always enter the temple barefoot.
● If you are in the temple with your lover, do not kiss or embrace each other.
● Do not drink alcohol and do not smoke in the temple.
● Pay attention to your stuff.
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