Wat Chiang Yuen Temple

Wat Chiang Yuen Temple, Chiang Mai

Wat Chiang Yuen Temple
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Wat Chiang Yuen, the Temple of Long Life
Apr 2019
Had the honor of attending Songcran ceremonies at Wat Chiang Yuen Temple with a good friend who is a important member of this temple. She described all the important rituals, and the sacredness of the temple and it's history. Just outside the old walled center of Chiang Mai is the Wat Chiang Yuen, a small temple comprising of a viharn, a chedi and several small structures. Its name translates to “temple of long life”. Although its founding date is unknown, the Wat Chiang Yuen is believed to be one of the oldest temples in Chiang Mai. The Wat Chiang Yuen was an important temple in the Lanna Kingdom. Every new King before being crowned was to pay homage to the Phra Suppunyu Chao Buddha image and ask for good luck and a successful reign. After the Burmese conquered Chiang Mai in the second half of the 18th century, the temple was abandoned. When King Kawila had driven the Burmese out the temple was reconstructed in 1794. Entering the narrow lane to the temple, a very large golden image of the Buddha sheltered by a nine tiered ceremonial umbrella on the flat roof of a structure first comes into sight. The viharn’s porch is adorned with colorful murals depicting Buddhist scenes. Large Naga serpents guard the stairway to the entrance. In its interior are two rows of red lacquered columns supporting the roof. Seated to the back of the viharn is the Wat Chiang Yuen’s principal Buddha image named Phra Suppunyu Chao, a very large golden statue in subduing Mara posture. The walls are adorned with murals depicting events from the life of the Buddha including one of a reclining Buddha surrounded by followers and one of a very young future Buddha with devotees and Devine beings. The Wat Chiang Yuen’s most noticeable structure is its chedi, a massive white structure adorned with golden decorations. At each corner of its square base is a white and gold Chinthe, a lion often seen guarding temples, especially in Burma. The chedi consists of a square section with indented corners, several octagonal tiers of receding size and a bell topped with a golden spire and a five tiered hti. According to ancient Chiang Mai chronicles sacred Buddha relics were enshrined into the chedi in the early 16th century during the reign of King Muang Kaeo. Between the viharn and the chedi stands a small Lanna style sala with beautiful decorated gables and golden barge boards. The sala enshrines an image of the Buddha. Next to it stand two very elaborately decorated poles with Hamsa birds on top, a bird that is associated in Buddhism with ending the Samsara, the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.

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Grace M
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Lovely temple ☺️🙏🏼
Jun 2019 • Friends
Very welcoming, a lady showed us around - she didn’t speak English but was very friendly and showed us how to work the prayer (?) machine. Worth a visit!
Written June 26, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Betsy Wadden
Chiang Mai, Thailand1,018 contributions
Wat Chiang Yuen, the Temple of Long Life
Apr 2019 • Solo
Had the honor of attending Songcran ceremonies at Wat Chiang Yuen Temple with a good friend who is a important member of this temple. She described all the important rituals, and the sacredness of the temple and it's history.
Just outside the old walled center of Chiang Mai is the Wat Chiang Yuen, a small temple comprising of a viharn, a chedi and several small structures. Its name translates to “temple of long life”. Although its founding date is unknown, the Wat Chiang Yuen is believed to be one of the oldest temples in Chiang Mai.

The Wat Chiang Yuen was an important temple in the Lanna Kingdom. Every new King before being crowned was to pay homage to the Phra Suppunyu Chao Buddha image and ask for good luck and a successful reign. After the Burmese conquered Chiang Mai in the second half of the 18th century, the temple was abandoned. When King Kawila had driven the Burmese out the temple was reconstructed in 1794.

Entering the narrow lane to the temple, a very large golden image of the Buddha sheltered by a nine tiered ceremonial umbrella on the flat roof of a structure first comes into sight.
The viharn’s porch is adorned with colorful murals depicting Buddhist scenes. Large Naga serpents guard the stairway to the entrance.
In its interior are two rows of red lacquered columns supporting the roof. Seated to the back of the viharn is the Wat Chiang Yuen’s principal Buddha image named Phra Suppunyu Chao, a very large golden statue in subduing Mara posture. The walls are adorned with murals depicting events from the life of the Buddha including one of a reclining Buddha surrounded by followers and one of a very young future Buddha with devotees and Devine beings.
The Wat Chiang Yuen’s most noticeable structure is its chedi, a massive white structure adorned with golden decorations. At each corner of its square base is a white and gold Chinthe, a lion often seen guarding temples, especially in Burma.

The chedi consists of a square section with indented corners, several octagonal tiers of receding size and a bell topped with a golden spire and a five tiered hti.
According to ancient Chiang Mai chronicles sacred Buddha relics were enshrined into the chedi in the early 16th century during the reign of King Muang Kaeo.
Between the viharn and the chedi stands a small Lanna style sala with beautiful decorated gables and golden barge boards. The sala enshrines an image of the Buddha. Next to it stand two very elaborately decorated poles with Hamsa birds on top, a bird that is associated in Buddhism with ending the Samsara, the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.
Written May 9, 2019
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IamGigi
203 contributions
Beautiful temple
Mar 2017 • Solo
Not a big one temple, but really beautiful, with a lot of photo opportunities. Always peaceful, but better visit during sunset, as you gonna have amazing colors for your photos.
Written July 11, 2017
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Nomadman411978
London, UK3,169 contributions
Well worth a visit
Aug 2016 • Solo
Situated near the north east corner of the moat along the road from the more famous Wat Lok Moli. Nice peaceful location away from the main road. Large Buddha at the entrance with whitewashed Chedi with gold decorative motifs and pinnacle. The Ubosot, as usual locked, is a rare sight in that the exterior is completely plain, whitewashed with simple iron frame windows but with the customary decorative gable ends and Naga. The west end has a nice shrine containing a fine wooden carved Buddha.
Written August 25, 2016
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wilsonsihan
Singapore, Singapore91 contributions
A serene corner outside the moat of Chiang Mai old city
Jun 2016 • Friends
Although it's not on the top list of Must See in Chiang Mai, but it's just situated near the North Gate and there are little presence of tourists. It's a quiet and nice place to take a look at the Buddha statues and pagodas.
Written June 29, 2016
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Erwin
Antwerp, Belgium3,068 contributions
Nice Wat
Nov 2015 • Couples
Had a quick stop at this temple, which is located just beside Mani Nopparat Road. We were not able to go inside. Well maintained temple.
Written November 5, 2015
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TheunisBotha
Johannesburg, South Africa177 contributions
Awesome Wat
Stopped in early morning and took a few great photos, this Temple is small but one of my new favorites. Such an haven.
Written April 28, 2015
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