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“Must Visit Wat Ku Tao !!!!!” 4 of 5 stars
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Wat Ku Tao
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Ranked #33 of 102 Attractions in Chiang Mai
Type: Architectural Buildings, Cultural
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“Must Visit Wat Ku Tao !!!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Wat Ku Tao means "watermelon temple" in English. The wat got its unusual name from its atypical watermelon-shaped pagoda. The pagoda was built in 1613 in the shape of five guards of various sizes and adorned with coloured porcelain, which is meant to represent five Lord Buddhas. While some people think that the pagoda, or chedi, bears a resemblance to a stack of five pumpkins, others think it looks like five alms bowls arranged in ascending sizes.
According to legend, Ku Tao chedi contains the ashes of Prince Saravadee, the son of King Bureng Nong, who ruled Chiang Mai from 1579 to 1607. There is a lot of mystery and legend surrounding the origins of Wat Ku Tao. Some believe that the architectural style belongs to Yunnan, and suggest that invading Chinese soldiers may have been accountable for its production. Another theory is that the temple comes from the Burmese period of rule over Chiang Mai. Whatever the truth, Wat Ku Tao is an interesting structure and worth a visit.

Visited May 2014
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Eichenau b. München, Deutschland
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“The Watermelon Temple - never ceases to please.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Just a few minutes away from a busy thoroughfare but quiet and peaceful. Some information about the relevant Budha poses for the various days of the week.

Visited January 2013
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Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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“Shan Temple in Chiang Mai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Wat Ku Tao is a beautiful, original temple of Chiang Mai located in the heart of the Shan community of CM. Shan's are one of the ethnic groups of refugees from Shan State Burma who have settled in and around CM in the heart of an area that has historically been home to them. All of the Shan and Burmese festivals, new year celebrations (from mid Nov to mid Dec) and much more are celebrated at the temple with grandeur, a unique experience in CM where you can see ancient Shan culture on display in dance, music, drama and more.

Visited February 2013
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“An authentic temple”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

I'll start by saying I don't mean other temples are fake. What I mean is at Wat Gu Dtao, you'll never see a 'falang', white tourist, a camera, an I-Phone or a group tour. This temple doesn't dazzle and it's razzle-dazzle tourists want. I'm there almost every morning the months that I'm in Chiang Mai because it is, as others mention, quiet. The parishioners, that is the right word I think, are not ethnically Thai at all, they are TaiYai. On special days, which I avoid, Wat Gu Dtao may be the most amazing place in Chiang Mai.

Visited May 2012
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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“Great history great abbot great quiet grounds with lots of trees in the middle of the city and oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

Special Chedi and humurous abbot very well kept, clean and quiet

Visited April 2012
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