Wat Suan Dok

Wat Suan Dok, Chiang Mai

Wat Suan Dok
4.5
Cemeteries • Religious Sites
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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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melkeet
Ipoh, Malaysia1,361 contributions
White Chedi Wat
Jan 2020
Wat Suan Dok is a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, at the west side of the old town. We reached here, as part of a taxi day tour, to the Wat Doi Suthep and other temples on the west side of the old City. On reaching here, and obvious from across the road, is a group of white chedis which actually houses the cremated ashes of the members of the royal family of Chiang Mai. Next to this is the golden pagoda chedi which houses part of the Buddha’s relics brought over from another temple in Sukhothai. The other half of the relics, was transported by a white elephant to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

The Wihan or assembly hall is directly east of the main chedi. Inside the Wihan, are two main Buddha images, one in a sitting meditation posture and the other standing, facing the opposite directions.

Admission to the main compound was free, but entry to the Wihan was by payment of a donation of 20 Bhats for foreigners, labelled as maintenance fees. Visiting hours was 8 am to 8pm. We were there at 3pm and it was quite hot, and best to carry a hat, sunblock and water with you. Alternatively, if you have ample of time, then, going early morning or late afternoon may be an option. We spent about 45 mints at this site
Written December 28, 2020
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Neil C
Vancouver, Canada2 contributions
Nice learning meditation
Mar 2020
Great place for meditiation and spiritual learnings. The monks were very informative full of wisdom.
Written March 24, 2020
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Shreya Saha
Phitsanulok, Thailand939 contributions
Flower Garden Temple
Mar 2019
Wat Suan Dok literally means “flower garden temple”. The temple area was once used as a royal flower garden by the ruler of Chiang Mai. The temple is known for its large number of white-washed chedis, There is no entrance fee.
Written February 22, 2020
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Chinya A
Mandaluyong, Philippines16 contributions
One of the best temple in chiang mai!
Nov 2019
Quiet and not crowded. Some days are free admission. The main hall is quite big and amazing burial beside.
Written February 15, 2020
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P Thornstrom
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia183 contributions
Wat Suan Dok
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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Graham J
Nuneaton, UK1,552 contributions
Worth a Visit
Nov 2019
I think it's worth a short visit just to see the well kept tombs that shine so white in the sunshine. It's unlike anything we have at home.
Written January 3, 2020
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sussexrowmark
Rye, UK424 contributions
Well worth a visit
Jan 2020
The array of white tombs greeted us, then the calm of the shrine indoors with its decorated pillars and composed Buddhas and finally the golden spire to the right.
Written January 1, 2020
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honnus c
Chiang Mai, Thailand3 contributions
Great medication class
Dec 2019 • Friends
We went for whole day medication on Xmas day. Pra KK is our master and he is knowledgeable and entertaining. He share a lot on Buddhism and you won't feel bored about his sharing. He showed lots of examples in explaining Buddhism is a philosophy. He taught us 3 kind of medication - sit down style, walking style and dynamic style. 16 of us practise several times together and we have a good feel how to do on our own. All of us left with a mindfulness heart and mind after the class.
Written December 26, 2019
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wildlife_lover
Silver Spring, MD401 contributions
Disappointed in monk chat
Nov 2019
We went here primarily for the monk chat. This is a great idea - have the students talk to visitors and explain Buddhism and their life at the wat. However, when we were there, the students' English was not good enough to really answer any but the most basic questions.
Written December 25, 2019
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John E
San Luis Obispo, CA205 contributions
Excellent
Dec 2019
Wat Suan Doak is a very beautiful Wat that is worth visiting a fairly close to the Old City. Recommended.
Written December 3, 2019
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