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“Best of the temples in Chiang Mai Old Quarter” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wat Pan Tao

Wat Pan Tao
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Ranked #8 of 119 Attractions in Chiang Mai
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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“Best of the temples in Chiang Mai Old Quarter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

LOGISTICS
Wat Pan Tao is located in the old quarter of Chiang Mai, which is a 1km squared area surrounded by a moat. There are around 36 temples in this area alone. The best way to explore them is by foot and I would recommend seeing this temple as a part of a walking tour of the temples going Wat Phra Singh > Wat Chedi Luang > Wat Phan Tao. The whole thing would take maybe an hour or so.

REVIEW
The beauty of this temple is that it is composed of old teak wood rather than 95% of temples in SE asia which are made of stone or concrete. Therefore, it is slightly different and appeals to the tourist who is getting a bit over the temple trail. It also easily accessed as a part of a walking tuor of the old quarter and requires little effort to get to.

CONCLUSION
Definitely worth a look particularly in combination with other temples in the old quarter.

Visited December 2012
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“Classic wood temple with a nice backyard”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012 via mobile

We were there on Sunday of December 2. The wood temple is small and classic. Beside it there is a backyard, where candles were placed all over the place, some floating in water, some on the ground. The setting is very nice, with a statue of Buddha under a tree across the water. There was candle-lighting ceremony from 8-10 pm, but I am not sure if they do this every day or just because of Loi Krathong festival started few days ago.

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“Small but Beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Wat Pan Tao is probably my favourite wat in Chiang Mai as it looks different from the rest. It is made out of teak and is simple-looking. I was there during Yi Peng, and the temple organised a Yi Peng event where the prayers were held before the Khoms were released to the skies. It was a beautiful time :)

Visited November 2012
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“Nice wooden temple”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

It is very nice wooden temple and quite different from other Lanna temples in Chiang Mai. We found it by accident when we went to Chedi Luang.

Visited July 2012
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“Beautiful Wooden Lanna architecture”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

There are more than 300+ wats (temples) in Chiang Mai city alone, but this small wat is a gem. On the same side of the road & adjacent to the much grander & massive Chedi Luang, this Wat is definitely worth a visit. The wat is largely made of wood (I understand, teak) & above the main door is a mosaic of a peacock standing over a dog. We understand that this represents the astrological year of the former royal resident's birth.Inside the wat, teak columns frame a large golden statue of Buddha.

One of my two favourite Chiang Mai wats

Visited March 2012
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