Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara
Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara
4.5
Ancient RuinsArchitectural BuildingsReligious Sites
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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Built about 600 years ago, this impressive temple once housed the precious Emerald Buddha.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Linda K
    Wales, United Kingdom757 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful site lots to see
    A big site with lots of temples and an ancient chedi. Costs 50bht to enter but well worth it. A beautiful site to wander around with lots to see, including a jade buddha. Worth visiting on a Sunday afternoon and going straight into Tha Phae walking street which starts outside.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Christian, Germany
    Germany69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Conversation with a group of young monks
    I actually spent 3 hours in the temple. The temple itself is quire impressive. Personal highlight: conversation with a group of young monks that wanted to improve their English language skills. I had a nice and warm greeting with them and I got a lot of information about their life as a monk and about the temple in general.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 September 2023
  • Craig E
    Manchester, United Kingdom2,334 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the highlights of Chiang Mai
    One of the best sites in Chiang Mai. Really interesting temple half ruined by an apparent earthquake. Still very grand. If you’re lucky, you will also see the Buddhist monks entering the temple. Very intricate and detailed and well worth a visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 November 2023
  • Agnieszka
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The worth seeing temple
    We’ve spent there about an hour or even more. You can see monks around the place. There is one building where women are not allowed to enter. It’s a nice area to come and just relax while admiring the temple.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 November 2023
  • davidwilliambarnes
    Blackpool, United Kingdom1,524 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    What Wat?
    Chedi Luang is worth visiting despite some restoration work going on! We had to pay a small fee but the Thais were allowed in free but I don’t mind if it is restored authentically. The monks were interesting and wanted to improve their English with detailed conversations!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 November 2023
  • Ms. Dee Ravi
    Sydney, Australia29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Temple visit
    Beautiful temple. Worth a visit. City tower is buried under the ground level. Men are allowed to enter this part, but not women. The oldest and biggest pagoda of Chiang Mai is located here in damaged state.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 November 2023
  • Dan K
    The Hague, The Netherlands8,501 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Temple of the big stupa
    The ‘main temple’ of Chiang Mai. Having been here in 2016 for the last time, this Wat is still as impressive all these years later. It was great to walk around the temple complex, this time with my children. Who liked the experience too.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 December 2023
  • Suratrichard
    Surat Thani, Thailand2,086 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular temple complex but rude receptionist.
    We had visited this temple previously but not for several years. It’s quite a large collection of buildings some of which are very old and is just one of many temples in the old walled city. The only negative experience was the receptionist where you pay to enter. Despite having a large pile of small banknotes, she insisted on us ( and others) giving her the exact money which we couldn’t do. She then told us, rather rudely, to go to a local 7-11 shop and buy something and get the exact money. We had no choice! Other than that, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Be warned…there is one part where women are not permitted to enter! This isn’t uncommon in Thailand temples. Take time to explore all the different parts of the temple complex. It does get very busy with tour groups so it’s probably best to visit earlier than later. Excellent photo opportunities abound so fully charged camera/phone batteries are recommended! If traveling by car, road side parking is available. There are toilets within the complex and a nearby shop sells cold drinks which are needed on a hot day. Not to be missed.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 January 2024
  • Jet56912
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Wat to visit!
    Amazing Wat to visit that is right in the walled center of town. It is big and very impressive! There is a minimal entrance fee to get in. Really enjoyed the opportunity to casually sit down with a Buddist monk to ask questions of his life and religious practice. This was part of the experience. It is a place for beautiful camera shots as the place is well kept. Not to be missed!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 February 2024
  • James I
    New York City, New York576 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ancient Conplex
    As the title states, this is more of a complex than a temple, and the main building is closed to the public. This was the only temple area I had to pay to enter, but it was very cheap. Once inside, there are numerous smaller buildings to explore with a nice reclining buddha on display. Keep in mind there is one small building on the grounds that women are not allowed in, but that's only a small part of a large area.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 March 2024
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Me Moo
Israel66 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
An old huge size stupa from the 15th century surrounded by a temple complex in the middle of the old town of Chiangmai. For tourists the entrance fee is 50baht.
Written 21 May 2024
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Martin H
Hong Kong, China907 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This wat stands right behind Wat Pan Tao and dates from the 14th century. You can't actually enter this wat. In the early 1990's the wat was reconstructed and you can clearly see new brickwork. Worth a look if you're also going to Wat Pan Tao.
Written 22 April 2024
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,036 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This temple has been around since the 15th century and once housed the famed Emerald Buddha, which is now in Bangkok. The old brick chedi is still in the temple complex and continues to be used as a place of worship. The main temple is now a more modern building in front of the car entrance. This has a stunning read and gold hall with a high altar that has a statue of a standing Buddha, flanked by two monks.
Written 17 April 2024
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Koen C
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Nice scenery, quiet place even with a lot of people. It is in a park with other temples. So who likes temples must go to there.
Written 6 April 2024
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Lola M
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
You pay to go in and immediately see a sign saying no women allowed. It goes on to say because we menstruate we will humiliate the temple, well I did in fact feel extremely humiliated even standing outside it. It’s 2024, and not ok in any religion or culture to enforce these disgusting rules. I read that in 1997 the female PM tried to abolish these laws but received death threats to her and her family. This really needs to be investigated.
Written 5 April 2024
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Patty Kanyaporn
390 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
"Temple of the Big Stupa," is a captivating landmark in Chiang Mai. Construction began in the 14th century as a resting place for a king's ashes. Witness the passage of time through the weathered structure, a testament to the Lanna Kingdom's legacy.
The grand chedi, once the tallest structure in Chiang Mai, suffered damage from earthquakes over the centuries. Learn about the fascinating story of its construction, deterioration, and partial reconstruction.

Wander the temple grounds, taking in the serene atmosphere and admiring the smaller buildings and sculptures that complete the complex.

As with many temples in Thailand, visitors are expected to dress modestly with shoulders and knees covered.
Written 26 March 2024
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James I
New York City, NY576 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
As the title states, this is more of a complex than a temple, and the main building is closed to the public. This was the only temple area I had to pay to enter, but it was very cheap. Once inside, there are numerous smaller buildings to explore with a nice reclining buddha on display. Keep in mind there is one small building on the grounds that women are not allowed in, but that's only a small part of a large area.
Written 1 March 2024
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Jet56912
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Amazing Wat to visit that is right in the walled center of town. It is big and very impressive! There is a minimal entrance fee to get in. Really enjoyed the opportunity to casually sit down with a Buddist monk to ask questions of his life and religious practice. This was part of the experience. It is a place for beautiful camera shots as the place is well kept. Not to be missed!
Written 2 February 2024
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Yann Renaud
Switzerland824 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
A nice temple, pretty impressive as always. It is pretty popular and has an admission fee of 50 bahts. I have seen more authentic and inspiring temples in the city.
Written 25 January 2024
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Daniel A
Beijing, China35,141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The Wat was clean and immaculate. If you have young children, take them and get some cute pics. They don’t like to take pics, but they will take them here because there is sufficient room for them to run around, play and have fun. You might think kids would not want to visit a wat. Tryst me, schedule one a day and you’ll thank me later.
Written 19 January 2024
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