Attraction Sri Poom Rd, เมือง Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand Published on: 08-06-2016
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Why Tha Phae Gate is special ?
Tha Phae Gate is Chiang Mai's main entrance to the old walled city. In days gone by it was the gate through which traders, diplomats and visiting monks passed when they had business in the city proper. As the main entry route to Chiangmai was from the Mae Ping River and down Tha Phae Road to the gate, this was the main thoroughfare of Chiangmai. Today, the buildings and growth around the old moated wall have grown and Chiangmai is a much larger city with much more business conducted on the outside of the wall than on the inside, but Tha Phae Road is still the main thoroughfare and Tha Phae Gate is still the main entrance to the old walled city. And, it is still today the main center of Chiang Mai's public city activities and festivals.
What to explore at Tha Phae Gate?
All year round from January to December, there are numerous events held at Tapae Gate. Often these are preceded by parades and floats down Tapae Road from the river itself. These hark back to the old days when all processions and important affairs approached the city at Tapae Gate.
There is also a Chiang Mai Sunday Market held here where people shop and bargain with local vendors and buy things like clothing, shoes and jewellery. Besides there are also musicians, bands and dancers that make it a veritable celebration of sorts. The gate is not just historic but also a facet of Thai culture in the city.
How to get to Tha Phae Gate?
Tha Phae Gate is a 10 minutes driving from Chiang Mai railway. You can take a taxi to reach the place.
- Ancient gate surrounded by shops and restaurants
- Almost the heart of Chiang Mai
- Historic site to see - good for quick visit
- A good spot to explore the old town
- Possible starting Point for Chiang Mai
Sri Poom Rd, เมือง Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Tips for you
Well it is Tha Pae Gate, what to say: As you might know the city is now divided into inner mold and outer mold. The inner mold means the original very teeny tiny Chiang Mai city surrounded by the wall :D Then it grew and grew and expanded and now we are outside the wall :D There are just a few spots of the old wall left and this gate is the "most" of it. All Thais go there to take snaps. And well there is a big spot where yeary/monthly/weekly events take place. Most famous I think is sunday walking street - there is "one beginning" of it. And well at Tha Pae Gate you´ll find anything you don´t want to find as foreigner: Mc Donalds ;) Burger King, Starbuck, ... you got it ;)