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“very peaceful temple...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Wat Umong

Wat Umong
135 Moo 10 Suthep, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
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Ranked #9 of 115 Attractions in Chiang Mai
Type: Religious Sites, Ancient Ruins
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This unique 14th-century temple is built into the side of Suthep mountain and is constructed of a series of tunnels.
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“very peaceful temple...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

beautiful old temple surrounded by a forrest not too far from the city. the tunnel gives a very peaceful feeling. i feel very relaxed. there were activity for small children such as feeding the fish...the temple ground were spacious. there were parking space...very organized for meditation long stay and short stay for local and foreigners. Enjoy a nice afternoon spend there at Wat Umong.

Visited March 2012
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“Serene place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

I've traveled to Wat Umong from Chiang Mai city on both Tuk Tuk and Songthaew, they cost 300B and 70B respectively. I've overpaid for Tuk Tuk since my Tuk Tuk return trip was only 100B.

Wat Umong has a meditation centre where one could stay and meditate. As there aren't many tourists, it is a very conducive for meditation. The place doesn't offer much instruction, it will be best if you have prior meditation experience. White shirt and pants (needed for stay-in meditation) can be bought from the office of the meditation centre.

Besides the Tunnel, pond and museum mentioned by other travelers, there is old temple ruin further into the forest. Do ask the monks for directions.

Visited February 2013
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“not what i expected”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Maybe that's my issue then, but after seeing some of the Wats in Chiang Mai town I was expecting similarities on the looks of the temples. It's impressive in that it's old and built for purpose, but I was expecting beauty and this I did not find.

Visited February 2013
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“Peaceful Forest Temple”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

This is a unique temple that is build in the midst of a forest. They have some caves that you can visit which contain alters and there is a peaceful lake you can feed fishes in. The site also has a library, museum and zoo in the forest (although we didn't see any animals!). One note, they have some dogs wandering around like most temples but there were a few that definitely growled at us.

These dogs were quite far from the actual temple and were around the wooded zoo area so as long as you don't wander too far from the main area, you will be fine. The dogs in the tourist bit are quite friendly!

Visited January 2013
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“Good place to be”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

This is a nice temple to be for metitation and to relax i have been there for a rew time to rest and i feel like it very much so i have sit there for a while, feed some fish and bird there went to see some Budha in the tunnel. it really good place to be.

Visited November 2012
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