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Wat Suan Dok

On Suthep Road, west of the Old City, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
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Ranked #12 of 111 attractions in Chiang Mai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cemeteries
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Jurong East, null, Singapore
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Wat Suan Dok which roughly translates as Flower Garden Temple is a Buddhist temple (Wat) in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. It is a Royal Temple of the Third Class. The temple is located along Suthep road, approximately one kilometre west of Suan Dok gate.The Chiang Mai campus of the Buddhist Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University is housed within the temple compound. Wat Suan... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

amazing during sun set & sun dawn <3. After visiting have a great lunch or dinner at the vegetarian restaurant behind the temple. Red songtaew 20 bath or rent a bicycle!

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Malibu, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Add used to teach music on the weekends. He's a very famous musician, singer in Thailand. It's worth a visit. He's very friendly, talented, and quite a character.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

A nice quiet place of self reflection regardless of religious ideations More modern with some minor construction setting up a Buddha Garden I believe. But very quiet. The fairly large meditation area has a very stunningly decorated motif.

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Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I loved the chedis at this temple. I am huge fan of Asian temples and thought the large gold chedi was so interesting. I wish we had a tour guide because the temple history would be so much more interesting if I had someone to describe each one.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

The temple its self is beautiful and some fantastic golden Buddhas. The highlight was Monk chat where 5 to 7 mon wed fri you can meet some of the monks and novice monks at the university. You can ask anything about Thai culture or Buddhist ways. So informative in a really relaxed atmosphere. All done on a donation basis.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This temple may looks old and nothing special but actually the main buddha statue has a very long history and the painting on the wall of Ubosot is magnificent! The front of the temple is undergoing a renovation right now so it may not be in the best shape.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

There are lots of interesting and beautiful temples in Chaing Mai but this one is well above average, in fact quite special. Also has a great vegetarian cafe inside. Lots of cheddis for old royal tombs.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

I always like to watch the sunset at Suan Dok, and it's a great place to sit for an hour beforehand just enjoying the peace and quiet. It's not too far from the walled city by tuk tuk, or it can be visited on the way back from an afternoon spent at Doi Suthep. It's true there are some ongoing... More

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Worth to be there. Like : Don't miss a nice vegetarian restaurant there named "Punpun". Like : Monk Chat and 2 days mediation retreat

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