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Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara

103 Phra Pok Klao Road | Phra Singh, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
+66 53 276 140
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Built about 600 years ago, this impressive temple once housed the precious Emerald Buddha.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good33%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“old city” (404 reviews)
“monk chat” (239 reviews)
“beautiful temple” (286 reviews)
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Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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103 Phra Pok Klao Road | Phra Singh, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
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+66 53 276 140
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Reviewed yesterday

Absolutely beautiful spot. Just be aware it is quite hot, so grab some water or an umbrella to walk around. Not to be missed.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

must see in chiang mai!!truly inspiring juxtaposition of old on new with original temple, large grounds

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is the one Wat I keep revisiting on my travels to Chiang Mai, I have been to this place more than 5 times and will go back again. Except for the main temple building and Chedi - both gorgeous, the grounds have a small...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is such a stunning ancient chedi and grounds but during the day it gets a bit busy. I highly recommend going at night an hour before they close. We were the only ones there, apart from the monks walking around, and it was breathtaking...More

1  Thank Gavin S
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Reviewed 3 days ago

In Chiang Mai the most popular temple must be Wat Phra Tat Doi Suthep, but i have to say Wat Chedi Luang is the most unique one because of its ruined temples. And this Wat is a complex, behind the ruin you can find other...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Due to its height and size, it looks more majestic in real life than in the photos. Having visited most of the famous temples in chiang mai, the structure is uniquely different from the usual lanna architecture u see for most temples there. For me...More

Thank BT8899
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Wat Chedi Luang is really beautiful and certainly worth paying a little (as foreigner) to visit. But what made my visit unforgettable was meeting the young monks at the Monkchat and just simply chatting with them! They want to practice their English which they are...More

Thank MayHemKon
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was my first temple when I came to chiangmai and it's definitely old and it's in the Heart of the City and it's got a lot of history so it's interesting look at. but it's really hot because being old there's nothing covering anything...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The temple itself is impressive and beautiful but what made this place special to me was the Monk Chat program there. From 9am to 5pm you can just turn up and talk to monks, novices, and sometimes nuns too. Some of the monks have very...More

Thank Tinker C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is worth visiting this historical temple. We spent about 40 min at the temple grounds. There are a few other halls that surround old Chedi Luang stupa such as the monks' ordination hall and the main shrine hall. Amazing architecture! It is advisable to...More

Thank Evelyn S P C
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vuhgairee
December 4, 2017|
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Response from John P | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Not sure if there are set time or if there are one or more all day during opening hours. We saw a Monk sat with someone having a chat when we were there. That was around 15:00pm. I read somewhere that the earlier the... More
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Kuan C
June 17, 2017|
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Response from Millennium_Falcon888 | Reviewed this property |
I doubt the temple will close that late, and it's more than likely to close around 6-7pm... The monks staying in the Chedi Luang need to rest anyway! :)
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Kuan C
June 17, 2017|
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Response from Ada J | Reviewed this property |
Hi Kuan, I verified this with my friend who lives in Chiang Mai. The temple is open from 8:00AM-5:00PM everyday. Hope this helps!
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