Chiang Mai, Thailand



There are more than 300 temples in Chiang Mai and the outskirts but only a dozen stand out as of historical or architectural significance. Many of the temples are within walking distance from each other and therefore you can visit several. Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai show a mixture of Lanna Thai, Burmese, Sri Lankan and Mon architectural styles that reflect the varied heritage of Northern Thailand.

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Wat Buppharam by Flying Pharmacist

Though certain temples on the conventional tourist circuit can be overrun by loud groups of visitors, it is not hard to find lesser known (but no less interesting) temples gently hidden from the tourist hordes. Keep in mind that temples are sacred places of deep religious significance for the locals. Show respect by wearing appropriate attire (long pants for men, modest tops and skirts or pants for women, no bare shoulders or plunging necklines). You must take off your shoes before entering the temple or other buildings but may wear them in the courtyard. Taking photographs of Buddha images is not a problem but polite to ask before taking pictures of monks or locals at the temples.

Wat Loke Molee by Brian Dell Bdell555

A must for any traveller's trip to Chiang Mai is a visit to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, located about 18 km from the city. Built during late 14th century during the Lanna Thai period, this magnificent temple sits on a slope of Doi Suthep at an elevation of 1,073 metres. Other historical temples include those found within Chiang Mai's old city walls namely Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chiang Man, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Jao Mengrai. Beyond or outside the old city walls, historical temples outside include Wat Jed Yod and Wat Umong.

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