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Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara

Open today: 6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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Built about 600 years ago, this impressive temple once housed the precious Emerald Buddha.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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103 Phra Pok Klao Road | Phra Singh, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
+66 53 276 140
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

These are ruins of Pagoda which got damaged due to earthquake Now looks like heritage site behind modern Pagoda

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Mehmoodmewat
Reviewed 2 days ago

nice old temple that is neat to see. the elephant statues are great (what's left of them anyway) It stirs the imagination wonder what it must have looked like in its glory.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank hunglow
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is one of the most unique & beautiful temple complexes I have ever visited in Thailand. There are a number of different Buddhist temples, shrines & pavilions on the grounds, the biggest (Wat Chedi) dates back to the 14 hundreds. Many of the temples...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JavaCamel
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Reasonable price. 40 baht for adults and 20 for kids. They have beautiful old ruins and breathtaking new ones. One of the best I've been to.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank maiacruz
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

One of the things you should visit, but if you’re used to ruins in Europe it’s not that special. There is some info available about the ruins but we mainly used Wikipedia to provide us with sufficient information.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tompouceman
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were walking down the streets of the Old City at night and there was a celebration, people everywhere, going to the temple, with offerings and colourful symbols. This Temple was started to Build in the 14th century by King Saen Muang Ma who planned...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank cruunchit
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We loved visiting this Wat It was really incredible and different from all of the other temples around the city. We also went more towards the end of the day. Which meant there was a lot less people around.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Pincaboo
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I went there several times. It’s just awesome. You can feel the spiritual vibe that inhabits the place for centuries. Great place for monk chats as well.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 517sachad
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

In Thailand, the definition of a chedi is a Buddha monument with a bell shaped base with a spire on top. Construction began in 1411 and was completed in the mid 15th century. There are many interesting buildings on this site including a very beautiful...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank minnesotans4
Reviewed 1 week ago

This temple has a peaceful ambiance with fewer visitors and more locals visiting so check it out first.

Date of experience: December 2018
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5 December 2017|
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Response from johnpackham3d | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Not sure if there are set time or if there are one or more all day during opening hours. We saw a Monk sat with someone having a chat when we were there. That was around 15:00pm. I read somewhere that the earlier the... More
Kuan C
17 June 2017|
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Response from Millennium_Falcon888 | Reviewed this property |
I doubt the temple will close that late, and it's more than likely to close around 6-7pm... The monks staying in the Chedi Luang need to rest anyway! :)
Kuan C
17 June 2017|
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Response from Ada J | Reviewed this property |
Hi Kuan, I verified this with my friend who lives in Chiang Mai. The temple is open from 8:00AM-5:00PM everyday. Hope this helps!