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Wat Chiang Man

Ratchaphakhinai Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Ranked #16 of 115 Attractions in Chiang Mai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
Traveler Description: This temple was built in 1297 at the site King Mangrai used when he supervised the building of Chiang Mai. Wat Chiang Man is located in the... more »
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Pattaya, Thailand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Largest temple site in Old City area, nice temple and chedi, also has a single shaft temple like in Hanoi.

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Los Angeles, California
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90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

There are about 300 wats (temples) to see in Chiangmai. So, it rivals Rome and Kyoto in the number of holy places housed within it. The great thing about them is that they're free unlike their Roman and Kyotoite counterparts where there's always a fee. This temple is a good starting point because it is deemed to be the oldest... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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67 reviews 67 reviews
53 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Of all the temples in Chiang Mai - this is the oldest - this is reason enough to visit the historic place. Also it is very beautiful, peaceful and enjoyable place in which to visit.

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Kingston, Jamaica
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Worth a visit. One of many beautiful temples we visited while in Chiang Mai. Lots of detail to take in.

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Hong Kong
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Actually there are a lot of temples in Chiang Mai which are all worth a visit. But you are in a hurry, I would recommend this one.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The first temple built in Chiang Mai, so a good place to start when visiting the various wats. Very beautiful. Dress modestly if you'd like to go inside.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Essential to visit as part of cultural orientation. Maybe worth visiting early on in one's trip to Chiang Mai because this helps understand the geography and history of the city.

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Coquitlam, Canada
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This temple on the east side of the Old City has a pretty nice layout of buildings on its grounds, and if you're coming from the west side like I did, you could go in from the side street and make your way around to the front. Between the two main buildings is a nice rectangular hedge formation. The façade... More

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Lahore, Pakistan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The place is absolutely awesome. Beautiful gardens and an ancient temple makes it best combination . We sat there for quite some time as it wasn't crowded at that time and was ideal for some meditatation.

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Ohaupo, New Zealand
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

A great temple to meander around for 30 minutes or so, with its golden covered stupa / chedi at the rear of the complex, and the dimly lit main hall with the crystal buddha enshrined. This is the oldest temple in Chiang Mai. It is not as clean and polished as the others but this adds to the attraction, giving... More

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