Wat Chedi Luang

Attraction 103 Road King Prajadhipok Phra Singh, Muang District, Chiang Mai, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand Published on: 08-06-2016

1 hour
06:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:00 AM
First-time visit
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Wat Chedi Luang is a temple complex with a partially crumbled 15th-century chedi and a pillar believed to protect the city.

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Why Wat Chedi Luang is special ?

The Wat Chedi Luang, also known as the Jedi Luang and “The temple of the Great Stupa” initially consisted of two more temples named Wat Ho Tham and Wat Sukmin, that were all merged into one. Wat Chedi Luang is not quite as grand as Wat Phra Singh, but its towering, ruined Lanna-style chedi (built in 1441) is much taller and the sprawling compound around the stupa is powerfully atmospheric. The famed Phra Kaew (Emerald Buddha), now held in Bangkok's Wat Phra Kaew, resided in the eastern niche until 1475; today, you can view a jade replica, given as a gift from the Thai king in 1995 to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the chedi .

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What to explore at Wat Chedi Luang?

Wat Chedi Luang was also important because for a short time it housed the most important object in Thailand, the Emerald Buddha. The Emerald Buddha is now in its own temple in Bangkok, but a few years ago the king donated a replica to be placed in the eastern niche of the chedi.

The other niches are occupied by stone Buddha images. On the southern side, the base is decorated with elephant statues. To the west of the pagoda is a small open shed housing a reclining Buddha image. There are often artists offering their wares in stalls on the large plaza of the chedi.

Inside the main prayer hall, the altar is backed by a magnificent standing Buddha. Round whitewashed columns support an unfinished wood roof. However, the hall was in the middle of a "radical makeover" in August 2007, so the view may change soon.

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How to get to Wat Chedi Luang?

Wat Chedi Luang is on Prapokklao Road which runs roughly through the north-south center line of the old city, from Changpuak Gate to Chaing Mai Gate. The temple is just a short walk south of the intersection with the main east-west Ratchadamnoen Road.

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Selling points

  • One of the most interesting Wats
  • Well worth it - a different temple experienxe
  • Beautiful Wat in Chiang Mai
  • A place to follow Luangpu Mun's foot's step
  • Beautiful with Unique Chedi
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103 Road King Prajadhipok Phra Singh, Muang District, Chiang Mai, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

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Tips for you

  • Don't forget to bring some shade it gets super hot walking round.
    What to bring
  • Wat Chedi Luang offers a "Chat with a Monk" program daily between 9am and 6pm.
    What to know
  • Be sure to follow buddhist clothing rules before entering. They will walk you out of temple if you're not dressed properly.
    What to wear
  • Be sure to walk all around as there are some really nice elephant statues around back as well as a reclining Buddha .
    Things to do
  • The monks that participate want to work on their English skills, and you're allowed to ask the monk anything.
    Things to do
  • You can go around the temple and take pics but some place not allowed for women to enter.
    Things to do
  • Chedi Luang has a popular monk chat as well as a few token touts so, without being too cynical, beware of over-helpful locals.


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Easily my favorite and one of the historic temples in Chiang Mai. Previously home to one of the tallest pagodas in Thailand, the building has since collapsed but is still beautiful to behold.

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We took a tuk tuk ride around the city walls, and then headed to the interior. Had the driver take us to this temple and we walked the grounds. Lots to see and could spend more time, a personal tour guide would be nice to hear about it, but my group was too antsy. We saw a coconut ice cream street vendor around the corner from here and promised them that and it all worked out :)

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