Wat Umong

Wat Umong, Chiang Mai

Ancient Ruins • Religious Sites
4:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
4:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
4:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
4:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
4:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
4:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
4:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
4:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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This unique 14th-century temple is built into the side of Suthep mountain and is constructed of a series of tunnels.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Delaney
Singapore, Singapore222 contributions
Lovely historic site
Jan 2021
Beautiful site to see when exploring Chiang Mai and the city's rich history. The tunnel was an interesting infrastructure to behold, as well as the incredible stupa - a relic dating back to the early days of Lanna Kingdom with influences from Khmer culture. The location is a close distance to the infamous Doi Suthep, so best to make a visit here before making your way up. Be sure to also visit the lake; feed the birds and fishies :)
Written January 8, 2021
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melkeet
Ipoh, Malaysia1,361 contributions
Buddhist temple and meditation centre
Jan 2020
Wat Umong Suan Puthatham is a Buddhist temple and meditation centre, located west of Chiang Mai city near Doi Suthep Mountain. We hired a private taxi to visit Doi Suthep and this was one of the stops, on our way back. Just like Wat Phalat, this temple is also located in the forest. It has a system of tunnels and is known as the “Temple of the tunnels “
According to the displays, the temple was built by a king for a monk, who regularly advised the king on various matters. The monk used the tunnels to meditate in peace. Even now there are monks’ quarters in this temple and a place of meditation for them. Among the displays include a large chedi and a golden colour statue of King Mangrai. Words of wisdom written in English and Thai hung from the trees on footpaths. There was a replica of the Ashok pillar with four lions similar to the one in Vaishalli in India. There was a library-museum which was closed at the time we visited.
Admission was free. We spent about 2 hours here to look around and capture some pictures. Since the temple is a bit out of the way, it can be difficult to find a ride for the return trip, so it would be advisable to book a round trip and have the driver wait.
Written December 28, 2020
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BangkokJock
Bangkok, Thailand365 contributions
Unique ancient temple
Dec 2020
One of Chiang Mai's more unique ancient Lanna temples, built over 700 years ago by King Mengrai founder of Chiang Mai for a monk who wanted a quiet place to meditate. The temple is located in a small forest not far from the airport, with tunnels constructed into the base of a stupa.
Also has an ancient replica of the Ashoka Pillar in India.
Written December 26, 2020
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Ajarn Andy
Chiang Mai, Thailand33 contributions
Peaceful ancient retreat
Jun 2020 • Solo
Out of the way unique ancient temple from 1297 a.d. Umong means Cave. If visting one day too far from the city. If you rented a car you can stop by Cafe no. 39 and meditate at this temple.
Written June 26, 2020
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Shreya Saha
Phitsanulok, Thailand939 contributions
Best place for Meditation
Aug 2019
Wat Suan Dok means “flower garden temple” – the temple area was actually once used as a Royal flower garden by the ruler of Chiang Mai. There are so many pagodas is the most noticeable feature of the Wat Suan Dok, monastery at the wat shelters a beautiful Buddha image inside. We had to spend some lovely and peaceful .
Written March 12, 2020
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Regan M
Regina, Canada26 contributions
Unique temple, quiet and peaceful
Feb 2020
This temple built into tunnels is very different from the traditional temples we saw in the area. We took a red truck from the zoo to get there and it wasn't too expensive. We went in the afternoon and it was not crowded at all - very peaceful. If you can handle pigeons, there is a little island in the lake there that had a ton of pigeons and some turtles in the water.
Written March 1, 2020
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Fenia
Chiang Mai, Thailand100 contributions
Best meditation experience
Feb 2020 • Friends
Me and my boyfriend stayed 4 days In The meditation center in an amazing place in the middle of a forest. Was so nice meditating with dears and other animals close to nature.
Written February 22, 2020
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Martin C
London, UK14 contributions
Lovely peaceful temple with underground caves
Jan 2020
Centrally located and well worth a visit
The tunnels make it somewhere different to visit and stand out from the usual temple visit
Written February 20, 2020
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Hitesh S
Mumbai, India273 contributions
worth visit, must visit, 700 yrs old temple
Feb 2020
he Wat Umong or “Tunnel temple” is unique because of its location in the forest and its system of tunnels, its in forest and has natural lake, very old you can do meditation.
Written February 19, 2020
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YHW
Philadelphia, PA31 contributions
Peaceful place
Dec 2019 • Friends
We went to visit several temples in and around Chiang Mai. While the major tourist attractions are more decorated and commercialized, some of them are still quite and more to its own setting. Wat Umong being one of them. It is located in the surrounding mountains and can be accessed by taxi or Songthaew. It is a nice stop for quieter experience.
Written February 11, 2020
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