Wat Suan Dok
Wat Suan Dok
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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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worldnomad_01
Los Angeles, CA1,634 contributions
May 2022
Although located in a quite busy part of the city, the temple is quiet and interesting. The white chedis next to the golden pagoda contain the ashes of various members of the royal family. The temple is built on the site of a 14th century royal garden and is well worth a visit...
Written June 5, 2022
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China14,428 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Wat Suan Dok is one among a plethora of Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai. The collection of white chedi, although getting dated, is the main highlight. The main temple is equally impressive. Unfortunately the main stupa is under renovation. Admission required for entry into the main temple.
Written September 22, 2023
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Pincaboo
Miami, FL26 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Best time to visit this Wat is first thing in the morning.

The lighting is so beautiful here and there was absolutely no one around. We got to enjoy the entire place to ourselves.

Right in front of the temple there was a couple making what seem to be like honey glazed doughnuts holes and some with some kind of warm goat milk. It was extremely delicious

It was different from all the other wat we had visited during our stay.
Written January 12, 2019
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NiceGringo
Miami Beach, FL267 contributions
Apr 2013 • Couples
We rented the Segway at 4pm and rode thru the old city and asked our guides to take us to Wat Suan Dok at 5pm so we could pray and listen to the Monks chant. I got a nice video on my Iphone of the whole experience. But Monks tend to chant at all the monastery at around 5 pm. But this one was very special because it is the oldest one in Chaing Mai. We got a blessing from a senior Monk and was able to write a special prayer. The whole experience of Chiang Mia had made me realize that I wasted a huge amount of time staying in Bangkok. My next visit to Thailand, when I fly into Hong Kong, rather they fly to Bangkok, i will take Dragonair, non stop to Chang Mai instead.
Written May 10, 2013
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Chang Percy
Taipei, Taiwan163 contributions
Jan 2023
This large temple is located not far away from the old city. The façade is intricate and well decorated. The vihara is splendid and spacious. The ambience is quiet and clean.
Written February 7, 2023
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P Thornstrom
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia183 contributions
Jan 2020
Wat Suan Dok, also known as Wat Buppharam is a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai. The temple is on Suthep Road, approximately one kilometer west of Suan Dok gate at the west side of the moat (Google).

I visited a lot of temples and this is one those you have to see and visit.
Written January 11, 2020
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Dan Maarek
Tel Aviv, Israel15,902 contributions
Nov 2018
We were in Chiang Mai for 5 days last November for Yi Peng (Flying Lantern Festival) and Loy Krathong (Floating Lantern Festival).
We had planned a 3 day Temple circuit in the Old City so of course we had pin pointed the most famous ones in the Old City like Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara and Wat Phra Singh which are amazing.

There are other beautiful Temples outside the Old City like of course Doi Suthep which is rather far, but other closer, like this one deserve your attention

It is spread on a wide area but what makes it special is its interior,it is especially worth the trip.

It can't be called a hidden gems as it is famous, still there were no tourists at all when we visited it, in the late afternoon, which made it much more enjoyable.

I have attached several pictures, hoping to give kind of a feeling of this place

It is indeed, as so many Temples in Thailand, and in Chiang Mai in particular, a beautiful, serene island of peace

Now please do pay attention:
Don't be careless (as we were) and make sure your cab or Tuktuk is waiting for you there to get back to the City Center and the Old City.
If you grabbed one and let it go away (like us) instead of waiting for you, this might not be such a good idea as it will be difficult to get one back.
A few baths will be a good investment to guarantee your way back promptly with no precious time wasted waiting.
We had to wait a lot until a tuktuk finally appeared and "agreed" to take us back to the center.
Written October 12, 2019
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D.A.Wagner
Brooklyn, NY120 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
This is a beautiful Wat inside and out, but the surrounding grounds are full of chedi (or stupa if you prefer), which make this an interesting visit visually. Although the chedi were roped off due to repairs, we were able to walk through. The workers didn't seem to mind our presence.
Written April 26, 2019
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Joanna Lane Simm
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Jul 2018 • Friends
A number of the temples host 'Monk Chat' where Buddhist monks wanting to practice their English will wait at a table for anyone who visits them. We went to Monk Chat at Wat Suan Dok and met five young monks from Thailand, Laos and Myanmar.

We could ask anything we wanted and learned a lot about their day-to-day lives as a monk, Buddhism and a brief chat about the World Cup football!!

We were a bit star struck and wish we had written down some questions we had before we went as we kept thinking of things we wanted to know afterwards.

Highly recommend going along!
Written August 10, 2018
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IamGigi
205 contributions
Mar 2017 • Solo
I loved my time here.. Little bit out of town i arrived by bike.. I had the temple by myself.. Nice pictures... Peace and quiet.. Such a lovely views and photo opportunities.. Nice area with a lot markets and food stalls nearby..
Written April 24, 2017
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