Chiang Mai is one of the most attractive destinations in Thailand. When one talks about Chiang Mai attractions, it’s deficient if we don’t mention temples. These are 4 must-see temples when you travel to Chiang Mai.
Doi Suthep is the most famous destination in Chiang Mai. The road leading to the temple is very beautiful. When walking to Doi Suthep Mountain, continue to move another 1 km, you will see Huay Kaew waterfall on the left. It feels like you are in the middle of an old jungle, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Waterfall is very beautiful. Local people often come here for a relaxing break with their families.
From the distance you can hear the waterfall echoing in the heart of the forest. You keep climbing until you see signs stop. You will see a beautiful waterfall and it’s the place to see the whole forest.The remaining 15 km will not make your feet difficult because the roads are always maintained constantly: convenient and very spacious. On the way you can also see other waterfalls along with the beautiful winding arcs. Do not forget to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. There are also several water stations for you to stop and rest for a while.
After a long road you will continue to climb 309 steps. Do not worry too much because there are lots of shade on the way, you will not lose much energy! Remember to breathe deeply and evenly, you will reach the Temple in the blink of an eye ! Entry fee is 30 baht per person. Do not forget to wear discreet clothing – covering your shoulders and legs when you enter the gate. There are also rental pants and skirts for 10 baht each.
Chedi Luang Temple
This temple is located in the old town where there are bustling restaurants, hotels, shops, taxis, tuk tuk and temples. If viewed from the street, this temple will be slightly out of sight. When you step inside, you will immediately see the beautiful scenery with carefully renovated monuments. Unfortunately, many elephant statues have been lost, but there are still more than ten statues in the center of the temple. Do not climb in the temple, you should only walk solemnly. Just step on the second floor, you will see Buddha statue in gold. The high tower above was partially destroyed by earthquakes centuries ago. Early dawn is the time when the temple truly reveals all its beauty. Charges are 40 baht for adults and 20 baht for children.
Umong Pagoda– the underground pagoda
This temple is located quite far from the center, so there is few visitors visting here. The temple is completely different. The temple consists of three basic parts.The first part is the tunnel. There are three entrances connecting to each other. In the tunnel you will see many mysterious Buddha statues.
In the garden, there are many statues of Buddha in a space of wood and moss. Although the statues have been partially destroyed, the scene still brings enchanting beauty. Especially when the sun shines through the foliage of the forest, it’s magnificent majestic! On the tunnel, you will see a giant boulder massif where monks in brown costumes feature Buddhist and sitting meditation. Remember to come here if you are in Chiang Mai! There is no entrance fee, you can donate for the temple.
Sri Suphan – the silver temple
Sri Suphan is one of the most unusual temples in Northern Thailand. The entire temple is covered with silver. Inside the pagoda, there is only one large Buddha statue made of gold, the rest of the interior is silver. Wat Sri Suphan was originally built around 1500 to serve as the main temple dedicated to the worship and spiritual needs of a silver village. While in the last few years the parts of the temple have been repainted with silver from the local village the process of completely covering the temples in silver only began in 2008. The temple is more interesting with decoration of silver, mirrors and bright colors blended together inside. However, due to the old Buddhist rule, women were not allowed inside the temple and had to stay outside.
There will be preaching monk on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 6:00 to 8:00 am. Guests can communicate with the monks in English.
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