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Wat Chedi Luang

Address: Phaholyothin Road | next to the Chiang Saen Museum, Chiang Saen, Thailand
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in Chiang Saen
Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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whitsundays Aus.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The Impressive Temple with octagonal base of the imposing 18m-high chedi itself is classic Chiang Saen style was built by King Saen Phu, the 3rd ruler of the Lanna kingdom in early 13th Century. The Temple is under restoration but worth having a look its interesting history. There were several monks around the compound. We saw this Temple as a... More 

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Brilliant! Ancient temple that is presently being rebuilt. Well worth the visit. This temple is likely over 700 years old. The main cheddi is one of the largest and tallest in all of Thailand. Today, there is a team of people restoring the temple. The Bodhi tree in the temple compound is also one of the oldest in Thailand. There... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This town was the capital of the region in the 1300's, predating Chiang Mai. Wat Chedi Luang is only one remnant, along with the city walls and moats and lots of crumbling chedis. The museum is excellent, as are the brochures you can pick up there to get a handle on the historical and cultural context and stylistic differences of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This wat is one of the largest Chedi's in Northern Thailand. There is not much more to the ruins than the large Chedi. It appears that there used to be a lot more going on (or maybe during high season the cafe and gift shop are open?) There were some monks sitting around chatting with one another. It really is... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

There is a lot of construction going on right now, but it's not every day you see a structure dating back 700 years. The golden "umbrella" at the top has been replaced recently because it broke in an earthquake, and it's tilted to the side, making it look kind of silly. But the pagoda itself is pretty. You also get... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

There are 72 in this town. This one is pretty impressive in size and age. Monks are on hand during the day.

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

This is an old chedi (stupa) complex situated on the edge of Chiang Saen town along the Mekong River across from Laos in northern Thailand. It is under renovation, and definitely needs more attention. It feels sadly neglected. Its historic value merits better caretaking!

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Kuala Lumpur
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

There is Wat Chedi Luang in Chiangrai and Chiangmai. Both using the same name. Chiangrai is born before Chiangmai. So, many temple name in Chiangmai is follow the name in Chiangrai. Picture show inside here is wrong, some from Chiangrai and some from Chiangmai. Anyway, this old temple is worth visit and 1 of the important temple is old city.

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Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

.... but currently the site is a bit of a mess. The old buildings are indeed lovely, and the setting is attractive with all the trees around, but difficult to get a feel for the serenity of the place with all the work going on. But it did have a feeling of being a community place, with lots of town... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

When we were there a group of young children were creating art and a monk was working with a group of elderly people. It all had a "this is what buddhism is all about then" feel to it.

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