Wat Chiang Man

Chiang Mai's oldest temple

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Built in 1297, this is Chiang Mai’s oldest temple and is located inside the Old City. As you enter the temple compound, take a look in the small viharn (assembly hall) to the right, which houses two of the city’s most highly-valued Buddha images—the Phra Sila, a marble bas relief from Sri Lanka, and the Phra Sae Tang Khamani, a tiny crystal image sheltered by an umbrella. The Phra Sila  image is believed to have the power to bring rain, while the Phra Sae Tang Khamani image, which once survived a fire, is thought to have the power to protect against disaster.

Walk round the back of the viharn to see the oldest and most interesting aspect of this temple—a stupa called the Chedi Chang Lom. This is an especially attractive structure, capped with glittering gold and supported by elephants. To the south of the stupa is an ubosot (ordination hall) and scripture library, and at the back of the compound is a small pond.

At A Glance

Ratchaphakinai Road
Chiang Mai Chiang Mai 50100

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