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Address: On Suthep Road, west of the Old City, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Description: Temple built on what were once a 14th-century monarch's gardens. Today...
Temple built on what were once a 14th-century monarch's gardens. Today, site of a Buddhist university and a popular spot for photographers, especially during sunset. Some of the temple's chedis (spires) contain ashes of Chiang Mai's royal family. Also, one can see half of a holy Buddhist relic brought from Sukothai in 1371, which unfortunately split into two upon arrival in Chiang Mai. The other half is buried at Doi Suthep. A 500-year-old bronze Buddha image, one of the largest in northern Thailand, is also housed here, in the small hall at the back of the compound.
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A working monastery

The main Viharm is particulalry impressive and the entire monastery area well maintained. The place is alive with old and young monks (and a monk chat/meditation centre for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Antananarivo, Madagascar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The main Viharm is particulalry impressive and the entire monastery area well maintained. The place is alive with old and young monks (and a monk chat/meditation centre for foreigners). There is also a reasonably priced coffee shop (although I do not quite know what the Lord Buddha would have thought about the lottery ticket seller outside!). Foreigners may appreciate the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

On the Suthep road it's just out of the old city. It's huge, but other than the size of everything it's not that interesting. Out the back near the car parks is a great vegetarian place called Pun Pun, which is well worth the visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

All fresh / tasty / creative veggie cuisine service in 5/10 but food is 9/10 sometimes when they forget you, it may take an hour... they did branch out - so each place is different

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Very nice temple. Inside Chiang Mai town you would find so many temples across each other, on every corner and every street. But they look similar but they do also have different characteristics. Very nice small town, you can actually walk the whole city or rent a bicycle for 60 Baht/day.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The temple looks beautiful and authentic, though I arrived late and spent first 1,5 hour chatting with monks. So, I didn't have a chance to explore it before it became dark. They have monk chat program on monday, wednesday and friday from 5 to 7 pm. You can also join 2-day meditation program for smth around 500 baht (I don't... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I had a foot infection so we went to Suan Dok Hospital and after by accident we visited the Suan Dok Temple nearby. It's a beautiful temple, very spacious and not many tourists. Worth a visit. Richard Jennings. March 2015.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The temple is so, so, so beautiful inside with red and go,d ceilings and gold and blue pillars. The mausoleums and the gold checks on the grounds outside provie such a stark contrast. Go see it and then eat at PunPun.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Discovered by accident. Great architecture. The golden dome stands out tall. The cemetery was unique.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This is hidden away just outside the old city. Beautiful temple, along side are bright white mausoleums of the thai royals, the effect is breathtaking.Well worth a visit.

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Turin, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I think this is one of the best temples Isaw near Chiangmai area. It is true that it is easy to get used to stare at the different architectural and artistical charateristichs you will find in this area (and generally speaking in Thai), but maybe specifically for this reason I found out that sometime you can discover more beauty in... More 

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