Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara

Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara, Chiang Mai

Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara
4.5
Ancient Ruins • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
Built about 600 years ago, this impressive temple once housed the precious Emerald Buddha.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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2 Passports 1 Dream
Venlo, The Netherlands6 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Couples
Wow this place was amazing. If you like historical kinda vibe this is it. We did not use a guide or anything like that. We researched online before going. Well worth the visit.
Written 11 January 2022
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Traveller of the world
732 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Solo
This must be seen! You can't see all the Wat's in Chiang Mai but I highly recommend coming here. Located in the old city and a simple five minute walk from Tha Phae Gate. There appears to be a cheap entrance fee but nobody was there or even checking. I am unsure if this was because it had only recently opened post-pandemic or if this was due to the main part of the Wat being under construction (December 2021). The grounds are huge and there are many parts. Take your time and explore the area. There is a lovely courtyard with benches where you can relax and take it all in. Near the entrance, there are a few stalls selling mainly religious items and coffee. If like me, you are travelling without a guide then there are some information boards in English too. However, I highly recommend going to the Buddhist Manuscribt Library and Museum which is right next to it as this museum has detailed information about the Wat that will explain so much. Many people ignore this as it appears to be separate. As always cover your shoulders ladies. There were quite a few monks around. Inside the temple area, there appeared to also be a coffee shop.
Written 28 December 2021
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Reslimpan
Providence, RI2,696 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Couples
Wat Chedi Luang is a most see temple to visit when in Chiang Mai. It is located within the historic center of the town. The city pillar is well worth a visit, the murals within the building are amazing, currently only open for men unfortunately. The rest of the grounds are really nice and it is a nice opportunity to see how people worship Buddha.
Written 27 December 2021
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David L
Lausanne, Switzerland300 contributions
Dec. 2021
We visited at night and it was magical. Peaceful. Light breeze waving the flags. Traditional Wat architecture topped off by the ancient tower.
Written 12 December 2021
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KhunCary
Hua Hin, Thailand40 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Couples
Very impressive temple with an interesting history. On a easy to get to location in Chiang Mai. Liked the peace and quietness as it was relatively quiet due to the Covid situation.
Written 6 December 2021
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Robert P
Boston, MA7 contributions
Nov. 2021
Must see historical temple. Magnificent grounds, beautiful temple, numerous buildings, historical temple and monk library close by. A truly spiritual experience. Chat with monks close by.
Written 1 December 2021
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Mark Sneddon
Edinburgh, UK110 contributions
Nov. 2021 • Friends
One of the best temples in Chiang Mai. Old style temple that reminded me of Cambodia. Highly recommend this one over most of the others in the area.
Written 21 November 2021
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Mary Vee
Boston, MA13 contributions
Dec. 2020
Obviously extremely old. More like a Cambodian temple than the typical temple in Thailand. So many temples, so little time!
Written 4 November 2021
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Julie
Copenhagen, Denmark35 contributions
Sep. 2021
We were blown away by the size, details and beauty of this temple. We had the pleasure of seeing it all by ourselves due to covid and if you are in Chiang Mai during the pandemic, we definitely recommend doing this. But we would visit even with a thousand other people present. It is a must see and worthy of at least an hour to walk around and enjoy the temples, monuments and surroundings.
Written 21 September 2021
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VVP
Paris, France33 contributions
Mar. 2021 • Solo
My favorite temple in Chiang Mai
Centuries-old trees, incredible wats, airy and large 1400 temple structure, an amazing café...
Not to be missed.
Written 28 March 2021
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