Wat Saen Fang

Wat Saen Fang, Chiang Mai

Wat Saen Fang
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jajavalB
Lampang, Thailand2,589 contributions
Small old temple in old quarters.
Oct 2021 • Solo
Lanna myanmar architectured temple with small version of shwe dagon paya(pagoda) hide in a small alley on Tha Pae road. It’s old temple with monastery (u/bo-sot) , buit to commemorate princess dararassami in the past. It’s green , shady with trees.
Written October 25, 2021
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Shelliu
Hilton Head, SC4,062 contributions
Beautiful small temple with few tourists
Jan 2020 • Family
Just outside the main city center is this beautiful, small temple. Although not as big as some of the others, Wat Saen Fang is free and much less busy. There are several buildings and a garden area to explore. As with many temples, be prepared to take off your shoes to enter and cover your knees and shoulders.
Written January 4, 2020
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AussieRicho1
Wollongong, Australia1,728 contributions
Not the best
Aug 2019 • Couples
This temple is not as eye smacking brilliant as some of the many temples around Chiang Mai. However it does play a part in the labyrinth of temples that seem to infiltrate this amazing city.
Written August 21, 2019
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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan6,322 contributions
Temple with a Pagoda!
Jul 2018 • Family
This temple was built in the sixteenth century. It is located across Wat Bupparam. The chedi and the ubosot are located on the west side. They are constructed in late 19th century Burmese style. The viharn is built in the Lanna style. It used to serve as the Ho Khum or Royal Residence of Chao Kawilorot.
Written June 23, 2019
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chiangmaicharlies
Chiang Mai, Thailand5,592 contributions
Not to be missed temple in the centre of town
May 2019 • Solo
Wat Saen Fang is possibly the best of those temples not in Chiang Mai's 'A list' - which are now mostly pay-to-go anyway.

Situated on the corner of Thapae Road and Chang Moi Tud Mai Road, halfway between Thapae Gate and the River Ping, it occupies a good area, and contains many buildings of interest.

There are entrances from no less than three different roads, and plenty of room for parking. There are a number of buildings within the grounds, plus gardens, statues, ornaments, and many other things of interest.

The Thapae Road entrance has Nagas guarding it, and a magnificent long corridor to the main courtyard. Many interesting and amusing gardens.

So central that you can't miss it, and shouldn't. Highly recommended.
Written May 15, 2019
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Betsy Wadden
Chiang Mai, Thailand1,018 contributions
Wat Saen Fang, an ancient sacred oriental architectural wonder of the world
May 2019 • Solo
Wat Saen Fang (วัดแสนฝาง) was bulit circa 1576 and is an brilliant example of classic Burmese architecture. This wonderful temple complex, located on Tha Pae Road near the main entrance gates of the Old City, feels ancient and quite sacred, and I enjoyed looking at all the intricate details. I sensed that the Temple complex was well protected by deities of all kind, mythical and magical and magniicent.
The viharn at Wat Saen Fang used to serve as the ho kham (palace residence) of the local ruler, Chao Kawilorot, in the 1860s. His successor converted the structure into a viharn in 1878. The wat has a fairly typical layout, with the east-facing viharn flanking a large chedi to the west. The Burmese-style chedi is the central building of the wat, with a ho trai (library) and ubosot (ordination hall) located to the west.
The Chedi is built in the classic Burmese style and is beautifully and ornately inlaid and sparkly, surrounded by powerful protective creatures and deities.
Another must visit temple, added to my long, long, long list of sacred places in Chiang Mai.
Written May 8, 2019
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Chris
St. Albans, UK4,414 contributions
Another Great Temple!
Apr 2019 • Solo
Just down the road from Tha Phae Gate, this is another example of a beautiful Thai Buddhist temple. Although the main entrance is under construction, the rest of the temple is not.

Through the main entrance and the walkway is lined with female statues doing the Wai which are welcoming you in (Sawatdi Ka 🙏).

A nice Chedi is near the temple with a beautifully designed gateway leading into it. In the temple is a golden Buddha at the back and various murals hanging in the walls. Spend a few minutes on each of these trying to imagine what the artist was attempting to portray.

Another great temple.
Written April 8, 2019
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wren76
Derby, UK739 contributions
Perfect
Dec 2018 • Couples
Perfect temple. Spiritual and moving in every sense with lots to see and places to appreciate. Keep it up fang... v
Clean and well looked after.
Written December 10, 2018
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Dean S
Doncaster, UK5,090 contributions
Nice old temple where you very rarely see any tourists. It's very quiet here.
Nov 2017 • Solo
Nice old temple where you very rarely see any tourists. It's very quiet here. It makes a good shortcut from the Chiang Moi road to the Tha Pae road avoiding the traffic. It' has lots of atmosphere.
Written November 23, 2017
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Nomadman411978
London, UK3,169 contributions
Good and rarely visited temple
Aug 2017 • Solo
Wat Saen Fang seems not to be visited so much as the more illustrious Wat Bupharam nearby. The entrance is very unusual as it's guarded by a pair of the longest Naga (mythical sea creatures) in Chiang Mai (I've visited most) and maybe in Thailand. On the left as you enter is a small Ho Trai or scripture library with moat to keep out the insects. The chedi is Burmese style, whitewashed with very elaborate Hti or sacred umbrella at the pinnacle. The ubosot and vihrn have richly decorated gable ends with Chofa bargeboards.
Written August 19, 2017
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