Wat Phakhao Temple

Wat Phakhao Temple, Chiang Mai

Wat Phakhao Temple
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Robert Petoe
Duisburg, Germany24 contributions
Solo
When I entered this temple for the first time, I simply felt, that I arrived home. Since that time I've come to here many times. I sit down and relax, stand in front of the figures of six sitting Buddhas, talk to them inside my soul and think about the life in their age.

For me, it is not an attraction and the five stars are simply for the strength of my bond to here. Whenever I came to this place, I did not find any, or just 1 or 2, tourists. Some of them just come for meditation. A place of beauty and peace, where you feel the slowness of being, the eternity of a culture.
Written June 28, 2015
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David P
Auckland, New Zealand14 contributions
Be sure to visit this one. The interior is splendid and very popular with local Thais. The gold leaf encrusted sacred statues alone are wonderous.
Written January 26, 2020
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sblake2018
San Antonio, TX11 contributions
Friends
I really enjoyed visiting the temples while in Chiang Mai. Guides are very knowledgeable on the culture.
Written June 4, 2019
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Dan M
Tel Aviv, Israel14,577 contributions
We were in Chiang Mai for 5 days last November for Yi Peng (Flying Lantern Festival) and Loy Krathong (Floating Lantern Festival), and we had planned a 3 day Temple circuit in the Old City.

We had pin pointed the most famous ones like Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara and Wat Phra Singh which are truly amazing and inside the Old City, meaning you don't need a cab to go there like Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

This Temple was not planned at all and therefore may be called a hidden gem: it is not famous nor visited by tourists. We just happened to find it on our way back to our hotel every night when we were coming back from the city center.

And night is exactly the right time to visit it.

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

Actually, and following this experience with this Temple, I would recommend double visits to the Temples, if you can afford the time and the effort of course, and if they are opened at night: the atmosphere and the sights are really different.

The silence, the darkness combined with bright lights and smooth illumination of the building makes the atmosphere almost magical.

Something very special or even surreal by all means, a totally different experience.
Written October 12, 2019
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blake41
Perth, Australia27 contributions
Couples
Loved this temple my favorite. Had a chat to the monk there and he was very informative, nice feeling in there.
Written May 4, 2019
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bettybooplhatty
Chiang Mai Province, Thailand16 contributions
Stunning, the temple is relaxing, and beautiful to see, go an kneel with the monks or by yourself, you will feel at peace
Written September 2, 2018
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Daniel R
Grand Rapids, MI105 contributions
Couples
We saw a lot of temples in this area, but this one was a nice small one to see. I suggest doing this temple along with others to get a comparison of big to small.
Written January 16, 2018
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Arthur
New York City, NY20 contributions
Couples
Charming, cozy temple.

Late afternoon (approx. 4pm) chatted with one of the monks and followed him and other monks into the shrine for a moving chant. Contemporary illumination of the Buddha statues inside the shrine.

Small, neighborhood temple, but welcoming and powerful.
Written August 7, 2017
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia6,668 contributions
Couples
Not the biggest but certainly among the most decorative. The Buddha statue is illuminated and your eyes are immediately drawn to the image when you enter. Beautiful decor both within and on the exterior. Numerous small animal statues in the grounds. The site could be regarded as overly commercialised with a number of stalls selling souvenirs and drinks. Worth visiting if in the area.
Written July 28, 2017
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jocosa
Dartmouth, Canada321 contributions
Solo
This old temple seems extra special the way the huge Buddha is illuminated with different colors. And the ground are very beautiful including a place to have a cup of coffee or cool drink. Plus relax in the garden and have a massage !
It is easy to find with in the old city and plenty of other things to do near by.
Written May 1, 2017
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