Chiang Mai Temple Hopping: Wat Chedi Luang


Me with Wat Chedi Luang in the background

Another major temple in Chiang Mai is Wat Chedi Luang.  The current temple is made up of three temples, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Ho Tham and Wat Sukmin.

The temple is known for the semi destroyed brick Wat Chedi Luang which use to house the Emerald Buddha and was at one point one of the tallest structures of the old Lanna kingdom.

Photo Diary: Wat Chedi Luang

I visited Wat Chedi Luang on my first day in Chiang Mai. It was impossible not to.  Its a 15 minute walk from Wat Phra Singh and I hadn’t gotten sick of temple hopping just yet.   Mostly because Chiang Mai’s temples were much different from Bangkok’s temples and Wat Chedi Luang turned out to be a beautiful temple.


Vendors selling alms


The outside of the temple


Inthakin City Pillar

The Inthakin City Pillar is made of metal and gold, and believed by locals to protect the city.  Women are prohibited from entering so I have no idea what the pillar looks like.



Should have asked this man what the pillar looked like


Wat Ho Tham

Wat Ho Tham is the prayer hall of Wat Chedi Luang and on my visit it was busy with locals praying and preparing for the High Buddhist Holiday.


Wat Chedi Luang

The famous chedi was impressive.  It reminded me of the architecture of the old temples in Ayutthaya.



Wooden Chapels


Wat Chedi Luang Buddha’s


With the Reclining Buddha



Other Buildings

It’s worthwhile to explore the whole complex of Wat Chedi Luang as it has numerous beautiful structures.  I have no idea what the name of these buildings are so I present the Other Buildings of Wat Chedi Luang.



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