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“Breathtaking ”
Review of Wat Huai Pla Kung

Wat Huai Pla Kung
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Ranked #6 of 100 things to do in Chiang Rai
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Just an awe inspiring place to visit.

The White Buddha is spectacular, puts Phuket’s Big Buddha to shame.

The Pagoda is stunning. Make sure you climb to the top.

Put this on your must do list in Chiang Rai.

Thank BushiandFish
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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

It's on an offbeat location close to Chiang Rai city and very popular amongst Chinese tourists . The statue of the kind lady Bodhisattva is spectacular . It's very huge and looks stunning. The temple too is beautifully constructed . Very well lighted in the evening . The statue of Buddha inside the temple is quite huge . Very nice place

Thank Vipin A
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

Mee Guan Im (Kwan Yin in Chinese and Kannon in Japanese) is the female incarnation of the Bodhisattva Avalokitasvara who is associated with compassionate action.

A Bodhisattva is a person has reached the spiritual stage where he or she could pass to nirvana, but decides to delay taking that step to help other beings by alleviating suffering and assisting them to reach the same stage of spiritual perfection. So technically she is not yet a Buddha.

Kwan Yin is particularly popular among Mahayana Buddhists in Asia--especially China, Japan, and Korea, though you will see many shrines to her in Thai Therevada (Hinayan) wats.

The main features of this site are the massive statue of Mee Guan Im and the pagoda.

You can use the stairs to get to the massive statue on the hilltop. Or take the free shuttle bus from the parking lot. Once you're there, you can take an elevator ride inside the statue to the third eye for 40 Baht. From the hilltop there is a fine view but nothing spectacular.

The pagoda contains additional statues. Besides the large statue on the first floor of the pagoda, there additional statues on the second floor - in a variety of her iconic poses. See attached photos.

The site appears to be quite popular with Chinese tourists who come to make merit, judging by the amount of Chinese being spoken during our visit.

Well worth a visit. Don't overlook the bot (white building) which is also in the process of being completed.

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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

Very nice place to take a look. Great view when your on top floor. Inside a lot of nice sculpture walls. Wheelchair friendly.

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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

I had no idea this place would be so breathtaking. I almost didn’t bother making the trip out of town but I’m so glad I made the effort. It is stunning. Go at sunset and the place is empty. You will get stunning views. The statue and pagoda are lit up after sunset. It costs 40 bhat to go to the top of the Goddess. She is the Goddess of Mercy, not a Buddha.

Thank Sherpabell
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