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“An Absolute Must Visit When In Chiang Mai”

Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara
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US$41.20*
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Half-Day City Temples Tour of Chiang Mai
Ranked #14 of 294 things to do in Chiang Mai
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Built about 600 years ago, this impressive temple once housed the precious Emerald Buddha.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the moment I walked into this site I was just taken back by it's beauty, peacefulness and real sense of history standing right in front of you. It completely blew me away and I spent a number of hours soaking it in from every angle. I arrived early so it wasn't very busy but one of the highlights was sitting talking to the Monks(it's free) and learning about why they choose to become Monks and what it all means. It's a must visit seriously if you only have time for 1 then make this it.

Thank Drue S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the first temple I got to visit in Chiang Mai, and it was awesome! There is a lot to see, loads of history, and right in the middle of town, it was beautiful! A must see in Chiang Mai!

Thank Heather R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Recently visited this temple.
Could of spent a little more time here walked around the base of the Chedi very inspiring.
Monks were walking around the grounds not sure where they were going however, lots of activity.
Great to just sit a while and take the sites in as this temple has a number of things to look at. Buildings surrounding the grounds are also very beautiful “Lanna”.
I would certainly recommend that you visit this Wat Chedi Luang as it is one of the first Wats to be build in Chiang Mai.

Always remember as a foreigner you need to wear the correct clothing especially women shoulder and knees are to be covered and also that there are area that women are not permitted to enter.

There is a fee to enter so be prepared most Wats have an entree fee these day.

Thank 2mumies
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the biggest temples in Chiang Mai, it certainly worth the visit. It's really close to Wat Phan Tao and Phra Singh (the three temples are located in the "Old Walled City" - Chiang Mai City Center). Chedi Luang is one of the most visited temples in Chiang Mai and the archtecture is quite impressive.

Thank millagarofalo
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

in the last few years there has been a large influx of visitors, mostly from china which a comercialized the site somewhat. Howver, the pagoda is stunning in its authenticity and partially restored glory. Thank the stars that the restoration was stopped sometime ago. The best time by far to visit is at night....preferably with a full moon...the experience is unearthly....the Thai ghosts come out for a visit.

Thank swbelcher
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