Wat Umong
4:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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4:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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4:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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4:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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4:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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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.
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  • jwhartmann
    Zoetermeer, The Netherlands343 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peacefull temple in the forest
    Wat Umong is a unique and peaceful temple located on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. What sets this temple apart from others in the area is its location in a forested area, which provides a tranquil and serene atmosphere that is perfect for meditation and reflection. The temple has a large chedi and several meditation caves that were once used by monks seeking solitude and quiet contemplation. The caves are decorated with Buddhist images and provide a cool respite from the heat outside. One of the most interesting features of Wat Umong is the tunnel system that runs underneath the temple grounds. These tunnels were built by the temple's founder, and visitors can explore them to see the various shrines and Buddhist statues that are hidden away in the darkness. Overall, Wat Umong is a fantastic destination for anyone looking to escape the crowds and experience a more peaceful and contemplative side of Thailand's temple culture. The temple's beautiful forest setting and unique features make it a must-visit for anyone interested in Buddhism or Thai history and culture.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 2, 2023
  • lifenadventure
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,821 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Out of town and so peaceful
    Out of town say 15mins, set in the mountains, this is a ‘must visit.there are so many different things to see here, a temple, a pagoda, the tunnel abs so forth. Because it’s in the mountains it’s very cool here, compared to the city. Less people as well. Totally worth a taxi ride out here and a long stroll around the beautiful area.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Paul E
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Temple with a Differance
    This is known as the Tunnel Temple and was built around 1267. Very different as most of the temple, as its name suggests is inside tunnels. These have small alcoves for Buddha statues. Some small bats sleeping on the ceiling as well.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China14,470 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    In the wilderness
    Wat U Mong is a secluded temple west of Chiang Mai's historic walled city. While the dated, encompassing stupa is impressive, the network of underground tunnels is the main reason to come. With the ends of each tunnel dotted with deities, the whole complex is solemn and spiritual.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 22, 2023
  • singhasam
    Weymouth, United Kingdom3,725 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Forest temple with tunnels.
    THIS was an unusual temple to visit because of its tunnels. The cool confines contained many figures in alcoves and was built more than 750 years ago. We arrived and wandered round a site which has toilets which are clean and well kept. Very unusually for such a sprawling site it only had one stall, a handicraft man selling wooden mobile phone stands he had carved himself. I bought two. Further down there is a fish pond where visitors can buy food to feed them while further up is a stupa with good views. Take your time and keep a check on where you go because it is possible to get turned around. Well worth a visit.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 9, 2023
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Suratrichard
Surat Thani, Thailand1,616 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
This temple is totally different from any other we had seen. It was absolutely fascinating and full of interest and history.
Thee are a series of tunnels which form part of the temple and appear very old judging by the walls and ceilings. Be warned as some of the roofs are quite low so it’s quiet easy to bang heads! Parts are quite dark but there are some beautiful artifacts within the tunnels. It’s probably best to visit as early in the morning as possible and preferably during the week rather than at weekends when it will be busy.
The temple grounds outside the tunnels are dominated by an old Chedi and it’s worth just wandering around the grounds. Many of the trees have “messages” in Thai and English fastened to them, many of which make interesting reading!
Entrance is free although donations points are plentiful. Toilets are available and there is a large car park. Take some water with you as the only stall we found selling drinks didn’t sell water!
Well worth visiting.
Written March 3, 2022
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melkeet
Ipoh, Malaysia1,362 contributions
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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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無名
World8,170 contributions
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May 2022 • Solo
Yes, this is a very nice-looking, old temple in beautiful, natural surroundings. Also a bit different than most I've been to. Its most dominant feature is the tunnels under the old main chedi that are lined with various statues and artifacts. I enjoyed roaming around them for a little while while admiring the different, beautiful Buddha images lining them. There's also kind of an open air room (building) with lots murals (frescoes?) on its walls detailing various stories and legends that I enjoyed studying a bit. I was thinking maybe these paintings are offering guidance (or warnings) about life or behavior of something like that. You know, all around the temple are these little signs both in Thai and English with supposedly helpful life "advices" written on them. They're kind of interesting to read, but I was thinking I know I never asked for this kind advice just by coming here. And clearly nobody here knows whether I or anyone else needs them or not. Maybe I'm overthinking this as I normally do with such things. And there was a "garden" of old and broken Buddha statues pieces and artifacts centered by a large Buddha head that affected me most for some reason. The aesthetic of this garden kind of overwhelmed me with some sort of emotion, possibly confusion. Maybe it just seemed all so vulnerable and needy of care - like most human beings. I guess this garden imitated or reflected life as it really is. Or as it is for me.
Written May 29, 2022
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Abovetheclouds
2,434 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Solo
I really enjoyed this. Different from the other Wat's. Located in a forest about a twenty minute ride from the main gate of the old city. Take a Tuk Tuk and get them to wait and bring you back. Cheap. You need about twenty to thirty minutes there. The grounds are huge and it reminded me partly of being back in Cambodia or visiting the Mayan ruins in Central America. The underground tunnels were really cool and there was a room nearby almost like a museum with some interesting scriptures and paintings. The grounds also include the main temple, pagoda, meditation area, a lake and living quarters for the monks. There appeared to be some food stalls too but these were closed. I touched on and explored the main parts. I would not say it was peaceful as the area was busy mainly with locals. If it had been less busier, it would have been very nice and tranquil.
Written December 30, 2021
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Angela Xu
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Meditation Center Wat Umong is a great place to learn and do meditation. It is my first time to have this unique experience, and it will be a life-long memory. We have two monk teachers, both of them are helpful and lovely, they teach us the techniques to do meditation with patience and also spent time guiding us to the cave at night time and the forest at day time to do meditation there, which are really amazing experience. Staying here and doing meditation can really make you calm down and focus on your own heart. The younger teacher Tawachai speaks great English and German, so you can ask him questions and he has a good sense of humour. This is a place which is really worthy to come, you will enjoy the life with the kind teachers, the fresh air, the green forests and the deer, the ancient temple, you will think about coming back again.(one thing need to be clear here is this is not a hotel, this is a temple and it needs operation, we stay here and use the water and electricity, the government wont pay for it, so please stop complaining about the simple living facility and the small fees)
Written December 14, 2022
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chiangmaicharlies
Chiang Mai, Thailand5,653 contributions
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Jan 2022
A unique temple complex on the hillside to the west of Chiang Mai city, well worth a visit.

It features a number of spotless tunnels and statues in the centre of the grounds, plus a number of interesting statues, exhibitions and a large stupa within the grounds.

There are a number of paths to follow and a large lake with an island and bridges. A large number of turtles can be seen here.
Written February 2, 2022
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Wolfee600
Singapore, Singapore763 contributions
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Oct 2022
This place is free to visit and enjoy the tranquility as you walk around the area. Take pictures of the beautiful pagoda and enjoy the cool as you walk into the tunnels to visit the statues of Buddha. Do take time to take in the beauty of the place. There is no need to rush.
Written November 12, 2022
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jwhartmann
Zoetermeer, The Netherlands343 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Wat Umong is a unique and peaceful temple located on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. What sets this temple apart from others in the area is its location in a forested area, which provides a tranquil and serene atmosphere that is perfect for meditation and reflection. The temple has a large chedi and several meditation caves that were once used by monks seeking solitude and quiet contemplation. The caves are decorated with Buddhist images and provide a cool respite from the heat outside. One of the most interesting features of Wat Umong is the tunnel system that runs underneath the temple grounds. These tunnels were built by the temple's founder, and visitors can explore them to see the various shrines and Buddhist statues that are hidden away in the darkness.
Overall, Wat Umong is a fantastic destination for anyone looking to escape the crowds and experience a more peaceful and contemplative side of Thailand's temple culture. The temple's beautiful forest setting and unique features make it a must-visit for anyone interested in Buddhism or Thai history and culture.
Written April 2, 2023
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singhasam
Weymouth, UK3,725 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
THIS was an unusual temple to visit because of its tunnels.
The cool confines contained many figures in alcoves and was built more than 750 years ago.
We arrived and wandered round a site which has toilets which are clean and well kept.
Very unusually for such a sprawling site it only had one stall, a handicraft man selling wooden mobile phone stands he had carved himself. I bought two.
Further down there is a fish pond where visitors can buy food to feed them while further up is a stupa with good views.
Take your time and keep a check on where you go because it is possible to get turned around.
Well worth a visit.
Written December 9, 2023
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Josephine C
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
The monastery is in the midst of trees giving it a peaceful and tranquil feel. The trip is made in the evening this the air is cool. It leads to an underground tunnel where the temple is. It has a mysterious feel to it.
Written June 10, 2022
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