Attraction 103 Road King Prajadhipok Phra Singh, Muang District, Chiang Mai, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand Published on: 08-06-2016
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Why Wat Chedi Luang is special ?
The Wat Chedi Luang, also known as the Jedi Luang and “The temple of the Great Stupa” initially consisted of two more temples named Wat Ho Tham and Wat Sukmin, that were all merged into one. Wat Chedi Luang is not quite as grand as Wat Phra Singh, but its towering, ruined Lanna-style chedi (built in 1441) is much taller and the sprawling compound around the stupa is powerfully atmospheric. The famed Phra Kaew (Emerald Buddha), now held in Bangkok's Wat Phra Kaew, resided in the eastern niche until 1475; today, you can view a jade replica, given as a gift from the Thai king in 1995 to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the chedi .
What to explore at Wat Chedi Luang?
Wat Chedi Luang was also important because for a short time it housed the most important object in Thailand, the Emerald Buddha. The Emerald Buddha is now in its own temple in Bangkok, but a few years ago the king donated a replica to be placed in the eastern niche of the chedi.
The other niches are occupied by stone Buddha images. On the southern side, the base is decorated with elephant statues. To the west of the pagoda is a small open shed housing a reclining Buddha image. There are often artists offering their wares in stalls on the large plaza of the chedi.
Inside the main prayer hall, the altar is backed by a magnificent standing Buddha. Round whitewashed columns support an unfinished wood roof. However, the hall was in the middle of a "radical makeover" in August 2007, so the view may change soon.
How to get to Wat Chedi Luang?
Wat Chedi Luang is on Prapokklao Road which runs roughly through the north-south center line of the old city, from Changpuak Gate to Chaing Mai Gate. The temple is just a short walk south of the intersection with the main east-west Ratchadamnoen Road.
- One of the most interesting Wats
- Well worth it - a different temple experienxe
- Beautiful Wat in Chiang Mai
- A place to follow Luangpu Mun's foot's step
- Beautiful with Unique Chedi
103 Road King Prajadhipok Phra Singh, Muang District, Chiang Mai, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Tips for you
Easily my favorite and one of the historic temples in Chiang Mai. Previously home to one of the tallest pagodas in Thailand, the building has since collapsed but is still beautiful to behold.
We took a tuk tuk ride around the city walls, and then headed to the interior. Had the driver take us to this temple and we walked the grounds. Lots to see and could spend more time, a personal tour guide would be nice to hear about it, but my group was too antsy. We saw a coconut ice cream street vendor around the corner from here and promised them that and it all worked out :)