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Wat Pan Tao

Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Ranked #13 of 102 Attractions in Chiang Mai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural

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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Be sure to visit this temple during the Yee Peng festival and join their religious ceremony to witness their spectacular view of lanterns. It was surreal to see the whole things. And do come early as the compound is quite limited to hold the big crowd

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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This is a temple that many would not see. It is worth a visit. It is quite unique in that it is built of teak. It is in the lanna style and contains some temple bells, manuscripts and an interesting mosaic.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 via mobile

I would agree that there is some pleasure in seeing a different type of structure to the other similar temples, so in that case Wan Pan Tao may be worth a visit. What has struck us about many of these places is the amount of donations that are asked for. In this particular temple we saw a rather bored looking... More 

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Guangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Just like, because it is small, because it is sweet, because it is quite and peaceful. Because of the school there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Pan Tao is right next door to the huge and beautiful Wat Chedi Luang and seems to be a little sister to this imposing temple BUT take your time here ... this is one of the relatively few old lanna style mortar and teak (wooden) temples still active as the main temple, in the city. The old wooden building is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We went here during the Loy Krathong and watched the buddhist ceremony. It was absolutely captivating. So beautiful with all the lanterns and lights which were all around the Wat. The monks chanting to the Buddha. The Krathongs being set alight and placed on the water around the Buddha. It was a truly beautiful evening. I felt very blessed to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We missed out on the night show but the ancient wood design from the time of the king's last stay was a welcomed sighted.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

For my tastes, Wat Pan Tao is the nicest temple in Chiang Mai. Absolutely gorgeous teak temple with ancient artifacts. Lots of interesting things to see in the temple grounds. I really like this one!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This wat is next to Wat Chedi Luang and was a part thereof previously. The majesty of teak wood is revealed here as much of the wat was so built. It is an operating wat with live -in monks like Wat Chedi Luang. This is a must visit wat to complement the visit to Wat. Chedi Lung.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is right next door to the famous Wat Chedi Luang, and worth seeing. It's a wooden structure that used to be a palace building that's been converted into a temple back in the late 19th century. The gold embellishments of its exterior and the saffron-robed imaged of the golden Buddha seated within the temple look stunning against the brownish... More 

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