King Mengrai Monument

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Staidthere
Jakarta, Indonesia2,516 contributions
Feb 2020
We were delighted by this monument because it is small and less grand than other monuments in the north that are dedicated to Mengrai, the founder of the 13th century Lanna kingdom, its first capital at Chiang Rai and the second at Chiang Mai. Residents still pray and bring offerings to the spirit of the conquering king in an impressive testimony to the influence and regional continuity of a once glorious state. The large number of medium-sized painted elephants stood out at this monument. Wooden elephants are common offerings at shrines, but at the time we visited, these seemed larger and rather permanent. There are several topiaries in the form of elephants on the well-maintained grounds, as well. Three outstanding national artists worked on the three gold Lanna vertical flags, including the artist who designed the White Temple. It's free and open 24 hours. We didn't take it. but we understand that behind the monument a tram leaves at 9 am and 1 pm for a free Thai language tour of nine key spots. .
Written February 23, 2020
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peeacee
Auckland Central, New Zealand43 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Logistics: As mentioned on previous posts, head to the tourist info center behind the King's monument. It leaves at 9:30 and 1:30 PM every day and it only goes if there are 6 people or more. I have attached the 9 sites that the tram goes through in the photos.
Please note, my tour guide only spoke Thai but seemed very informative and personable. Make sure to ask the lady for an English brochure if you cannot read Thai.

Would I recommend? If you have 2 or more days in Chiang Rai, I would go do it. Else, I would take a pass. Also, if your hostel is in the vicinity, grab a beverage and go check out the 5 minute light show at the clocktower. There is one at 7, 8,and 9 PM.
Written April 8, 2018
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thorisa y
Cupertino, CA34 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
The tourists can take a free tour by signing the names at the city hall office behind King Mengrai Monument. The buses will park near the tour office so everyone can board easily. The tour will take about 3 hours around town. The tourists can visit 9 temples and see the way Chiang Rai people live and doing business. Make sure bring water and be ready for going from one temple to another. The guides were very friendly when we were there. The people around town were waving at us. It really made our day.
Written April 6, 2018
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xuanlocdoc
Big Rock, Illinois312 contributions
Jan 2020
This is a really neat structure right in the middle of the intersection. It has some historical meaning but was somewhat hard to understand
Written January 25, 2020
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exr_xinrong
Singapore, Singapore4 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
Monument seems to be a landmark in town. Was relatively quiet during the day time i visited. There is free city tour behind the monument of which there is a tourist information counter.

It was an interesting tour that was conducted only in Thai. Overseas tourists on board that did not understand the language including myself needed translation from the local tourists (Thai people living outside Chiang Rai) who were trying their best to explain what they could get from the guide and am grateful for that. Guide seemed focus on explaining the attractions in Thai.

Brochures with limited English explanation can be obtained from the tourist information counter. More can possibly be obtained from the individual attractions themselves. Nonetheless, it was difficult trying to keep up and understand more about the city with the tour. Maybe the places that would be visited can be read up upon first before the free tour for things to make sense.

But well, it was free so i guess expectations need to be managed accordingly. Passengers can also hop off the tour anytime if more wants to be explored in a particular place.

During my tour we started at 1.30pm and reached back at the monument at about 3.15pm. We were probably rushing back so did not manage to cover attraction 8 and 9. Maybe it was explained in Thai but im not sure.
Written August 28, 2018
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Patrick D
Warsaw, Poland5,237 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
King Mengrai monument is the spiritual heart of Chiang Rai, ... This life-size monument is dedicated to King Mengrai the Great ( 1262-1311), founder of the kingdom of Lanna. He founded the first capital in Chiang Saen (1262) before moving to the west bank of the Ping River in Chiang Mai (1296).
Backed by three Golden Giant Tungs (Lanna flags), the King's Monument is the first thing you'll see when you enter the city from the airport via the highway. Otherwise from downtown,( clock tower ) about 40mn walking
Written August 23, 2018
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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ6,287 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
This is one of the places that a city tour stops at. The Monument for the one-time King is pretty, but not worth making a special trip just to go and see it. It is in the middle of a busy intersection, and the best view of it is from a little distance.Locals come and worship here to pay their respects to their Monarch.
Written December 4, 2017
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James T
Clifton, Australia405 contributions
Mar 2020
Lots of people here, first thing in the morning. Mostly tourists, plenty of pics being taken. Just near the centre of town.
Written April 19, 2020
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Chris
St. Albans, UK4,416 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
A monument paying respect to King Mengrai. Located near the centre of Chiang Rai, this monument is surrounded by gardens with nearly kept flower beds and perfectly trimmed bushes with patches of green grass.

Unfortunately, on the day of my visit, the smog in Chiang Rai from the field burnings across northern Thailand was so dense it made any pictures look grey.

The three-pronged monolith behind the King Mengrai statue is beautifully golden and is very photogenic, even in the dense smog.

Worth a 15 minute stay.
Written March 30, 2019
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K C
Galway, Ireland745 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
Nice monument to have a look at in the centre of town. The meeting point for the free city tour is just behind it and needs a minimum of 6 people to go ahead. The tour was great and brings you to the major free spots in the city. 10-15 min stops at each one. The tour isn't all in English but it didn't bother us.
Written February 12, 2019
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