Wat Suan Dok

Wat Suan Dok, Chiang Mai

Wat Suan Dok
4.5
Cemeteries • Religious Sites
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Temple built on what were once a 14th-century monarch's gardens. Today, site of a Buddhist university and a popular spot for photographers, especially during sunset. Some of the temple's chedis (spires) contain ashes of Chiang Mai's royal family. Also, one can see half of a holy Buddhist relic brought from Sukothai in 1371, which unfortunately split into two upon arrival in Chiang Mai. The other half is buried at Doi Suthep. A 500-year-old bronze Buddha image, one of the largest in northern Thailand, is also housed here, in the small hall at the back of the compound.
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Dec. 2021 • Solo
If your in the area. Near Nimmanhaemin Road. Located on a busy road but very peaceful. Quiet. You don't need long. Different from other Wat's.
Written 31 December 2021
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Chris L
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Nov. 2021
Having arrived in the thick of the end of covid restrictions (Aug. '21), finding the old Chiang Mai was a challenge. With the knowledgable assistance of Keshore (owner/operator of Lee Chiang hotel), I was directed to Wat Suan Dok for Monk Chat. Phra Ajahn KK is a gem! This kindly monk from Bangladesh answered our questions on Buddhism with joyful insight and sparkling English. He kindly donated his time (and snacks) to the two foreigners under his instruction for basic instruction in meditation (walking and seated) over the course of 7 separate days. I would recommend this for anyone visiting Chiang Mai who would like to get a better understanding of Thai culture through it's Buddhist paradigm. My experience and direction with Phra Ajahn KK was the spring board to do Vipassana retreat at Wat Ram Poeng. I cannot recommend this highly enough!
Written 8 December 2021
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melkeet
Ipoh, Malaysia1,361 contributions
Jan. 2020
Wat Suan Dok is a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, at the west side of the old town. We reached here, as part of a taxi day tour, to the Wat Doi Suthep and other temples on the west side of the old City. On reaching here, and obvious from across the road, is a group of white chedis which actually houses the cremated ashes of the members of the royal family of Chiang Mai. Next to this is the golden pagoda chedi which houses part of the Buddha’s relics brought over from another temple in Sukhothai. The other half of the relics, was transported by a white elephant to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

The Wihan or assembly hall is directly east of the main chedi. Inside the Wihan, are two main Buddha images, one in a sitting meditation posture and the other standing, facing the opposite directions.

Admission to the main compound was free, but entry to the Wihan was by payment of a donation of 20 Bhats for foreigners, labelled as maintenance fees. Visiting hours was 8 am to 8pm. We were there at 3pm and it was quite hot, and best to carry a hat, sunblock and water with you. Alternatively, if you have ample of time, then, going early morning or late afternoon may be an option. We spent about 45 mints at this site
Written 28 December 2020
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Neil C
Vancouver, Canada2 contributions
Mar. 2020
Great place for meditiation and spiritual learnings. The monks were very informative full of wisdom.
Written 24 March 2020
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Shreya Saha
Phitsanulok, Thailand939 contributions
Mar. 2019
Wat Suan Dok literally means “flower garden temple”. The temple area was once used as a royal flower garden by the ruler of Chiang Mai. The temple is known for its large number of white-washed chedis, There is no entrance fee.
Written 22 February 2020
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Chinya A
Mandaluyong, Philippines16 contributions
Nov. 2019
Quiet and not crowded. Some days are free admission. The main hall is quite big and amazing burial beside.
Written 15 February 2020
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P Thornstrom
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia183 contributions
Jan. 2020
Wat Suan Dok, also known as Wat Buppharam is a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai. The temple is on Suthep Road, approximately one kilometer west of Suan Dok gate at the west side of the moat (Google).

I visited a lot of temples and this is one those you have to see and visit.
Written 11 January 2020
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Graham J
Nuneaton, UK1,631 contributions
Nov. 2019
I think it's worth a short visit just to see the well kept tombs that shine so white in the sunshine. It's unlike anything we have at home.
Written 3 January 2020
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sussexrowmark
Rye, UK426 contributions
Jan. 2020
The array of white tombs greeted us, then the calm of the shrine indoors with its decorated pillars and composed Buddhas and finally the golden spire to the right.
Written 1 January 2020
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honnus c
Chiang Mai, Thailand3 contributions
Dec. 2019 • Friends
We went for whole day medication on Xmas day. Pra KK is our master and he is knowledgeable and entertaining. He share a lot on Buddhism and you won't feel bored about his sharing. He showed lots of examples in explaining Buddhism is a philosophy. He taught us 3 kind of medication - sit down style, walking style and dynamic style. 16 of us practise several times together and we have a good feel how to do on our own. All of us left with a mindfulness heart and mind after the class.
Written 26 December 2019
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