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Location

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Address

Phrapokklao Road (between Ratchamankha and Ratchadamnoen Rds), Muang District, Chiang Mai, 50200, Thailand

Getting there

Access: The Wat Chedi Luang is located close to the centre of the old walled part of Chiang Mai. You will find it about half way Ratchadamnoen road that crosses the old city from East to West. The main entrance is opposite Phra Pok Klao road, just South of Ratchadamnoen road.

Telephone

+66 53 276 140 / +66 (0) 53 24 8604

More information

https://facebook.com/pages/Wat-Chedi-Luang/, https://foursquare.com/v/wat-chedi-luang-varavihara/

Prices

Admission: Free. Donations appreciated

Opening hours

Daily: 6am – 5pm

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Wat Chedi Luang (also known as Jedi Luang, Temple of the Big Stupa) is the most ancient temple and sacred, is one of the most attractions you must visit in Chiang Mai city, so It attracted many Buddhists, both domestic and international tourists to visit. One of the special things to attract a lot of visitors to this temple is the three body of monks in meditation posture, leisurely and no different from living people, so people are very curious come here to see firsthand these three monks. People said that this is a sacred pagoda which pray that was it. The temple is located on the outskirts of the city, between Ratchadamnoen and Phrapopkhlao intersection so traffic be very favorable.

History of Wat Chedi Luang

Wat Chedi Luang is one of the four most famous ancient temples in Chiang Mai city. Built from 1391 and completed in 1475, but over time and the ravages of nature,  the temple with 80m high and 45m wide  until this day is reduced to a few ruins, the government and people try to build and preserve to get today.

1391: Wat Chedi Luang was starting construction, at that time the kingdom under was ruled of the reign of the King Saen Muang Ma, this project was built a long time.

1475: Wat Chedi Luang just completed but due to the war going on between the kings,  so to complete need more time come, then the kingdom was ruled by King Tilokarat, he had turned the temple into a house of Emerald Buddha, the temple became the most important treasure of Thailand at that time.

1545: The temple was was heavily devastated by a major earthquake.

Today: The temple is now a remnant of the temple at intactness, now people also contributed to the restoration and repair of the temple to worship and for visitors. 

What to see at Wat Chedi Luang

Today, the temple was rebuilt has a height of about 60m. The platform has 44m width. The temple has four sides, each side adjacent to a quite monumental staircase, at the end of the stairs are two stone dragons on the sides. In the middle of the tower with stone elephants meant protecting the temple.

Although damaged, the temple still has a number of small Buddhist temples and remains an frequented active place of worship by the monks.

The large stone steps next to the temple was built in 1928. The architecture inside was impressed with round columns supporting the red tall dome. The temple contains a standing Buddha called Phra Chao Attarot, made by brass alloy and mortar, this Buddha seated here since the temple's founding monarch - King Saen Muang Ma (late 14th century) .

Come to the temple, visitors will feel the sacred, ancient quiet space and cool. From road to the entrance of the temple you will find a great, giant and tall tree was called Dipterocarp tree, one of three things is revered and is considered as a thing to protect the city. Through the words of a tourist guide, this tree is very special. According to the legend if this tree falls, there will be a terrible disaster will come with Lanna people.

Beside Dipterocarp tree is a small house was told that this place is home of doorman god, the god of wisdom, the philosopher of Lanna. Go straight, you will meet a stupa named Luang, looked very old and somewhat dilapidated, the stupa surrounded by a moat and the four directions have stairs up, the stupa worship Buddha .

Next to the stupa  is the buildings including the main shrine  and in the gave of main shrine is decorated with bold characteristics of Buddhism, the main shrine worship a lot of Buddha as well as the other temples.

Near the Chedi Luang temple is Phan Tao temple. The stairs are made of wood, around doors and roofline was carved magnificent and the temple contains a large Buddha statue.

Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The mystery of Wat Chedi Luang

This mystery has been making a lot of tourists come here to visit and explore the temple, that is the temple is keeping the bodies of three monk who have enlightened , these three monk are housed in a glass case in meditation posture, the three monk with glow skin, eyes still open as the living, flesh still not decomposed even if not used chemical for embalming, this is a mystery that so many visitors to come to see firsthand. This is also a mystery that scientists can not explain. 

How to get there

Take the Prapokklao road, the road that runs from north to south central of the ancient city. From here you can walk to the temple.

Read more Chiang Mai travel guide at here.


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