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“One of the Best in Chiang Mai” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wat Suan Dok

Wat Suan Dok
On Suthep Road, west of the Old City, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
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Chiang Mai Small-Group Cultural Tour
Ranked #13 of 100 Attractions in Chiang Mai
Type: Cemeteries, Religious Sites, Cultural
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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.
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“One of the Best in Chiang Mai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

This is one of the best wats in Chiang Mai. The grounds are beautiful and it is wonderful to see the monks always on the grounds as it is situated in a university. Spend some time walking through the university grounds while you're there. There are virtually no crowds because it is situated outside of the Old City. Go early for the best light.

Visited February 2013
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“Meditation Retreat: highly recommended for beginners”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

This is a review for the Meditation Retreat run from this temple. As someone ignorant of Buddhism and meditation techniques, I found the retreat a great learning experience. The monks are knowledgable and answered even the most basic questions with insight and understanding. A relaxing retreat in a serene location.

Visited January 2013
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“Nice Temple and grounds, but there are better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

After spending a day visiting temples in Chiang Mai, it is easy to get "temple exhaustion" simply due to the large number of them. This is one of only 4 I will review out of the 18 seen as the other were either very small and quaint, or poorly kept.

The most interesting part of this Wat is its grounds, and as you wander please read the 'Beware of bee'signs and heed them as there are several hives hidden away amongst the white shrines

Visited January 2013
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“beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

also check out Pun Pun vegetarian restaurant a little bit further down behind the Wat. We didn't find it right away, you need to walk down the road from the main temple to the next little temple (beautiful by the way!)

Visited December 2012
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“Beautiful wat + good cafe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

We really enjoyed visiting the wat, even though it had a lot of scaffolding around it - I assume it's being restored. It's a large site with lots of young monks coming and going, the burial site, bells, temple and then buildings behind the temple (as you head away from the main road) including "monk chat" and Pun Pun cafe - a very nice veggie cafe with a massive range of affordable food served to tables under a large banyan tree.

Visited December 2012
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