Ancient Ruins in Chiang Mai

Ancient Ruins in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai Ancient Ruins

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  • MeganSamfya
    Lusaka, Zambia84 contributions
    Even though I’m not huge into visiting temples, it was pretty amazing to see this one. How well it’s been maintained over the many years, the calmness that’s within, and the detailed creation that was done so many years ago.
    Written September 16, 2022
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  • daveinaz
    Phoenix, AZ53 contributions
    The most interesting aspect of this Wat, for me, is the cave-like tunnels built at ground level, which not only appeal to monks (apparently) but also to bats. We saw several of them clinging to the ceilings on our visit at dusk.
    Written August 23, 2022
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  • patinhongkong
    hong kong466 contributions
    We visited at about 10 in the morning when the temple, which is at the heart of this ancient town, was pretty much deserted. We were able to wander at our own pace, undisturbed around the ruins. The temple itself is being restored, and murals of everyday village life being painted on the walls, were quite absorbing. I much preferred this place to the more frequented temples we saw.
    Written February 19, 2020
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  • chiangmaicharlies
    Chiang Mai, Thailand5,615 contributions
    This Wat Umong Mahathera ChanTemple is often confused with the simple 'Wat Umong" - the one with the tunnels, a little out of town.

    Wat Umong Mahathera ChanTemple is another good temple in the old city if you're in the neighbourhood. With so many temples in Chiang Mai, it's not worth crossing town for, but it's as good as many others.

    The features here are two very old chedis (stupas), a meditation centre and interesting grounds. When I visited, they were collecting fruit from the many trees in the grounds.

    Note that this is directly opposite Wat Pan Ping, so you can visit two good temples for the price of one. They're both close to 'Zoe in Yellow' in case you're looking for redemption.
    Written May 18, 2019
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  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia1,284 contributions
    Love these types of places to visit when overseas you get a real look into local way of life.

    Some of the food is out there to eat but if you have an adventurous palate then you will love this place.
    Written December 23, 2019
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  • Phi Somchai
    Bangkok, Thailand3,590 contributions
    This is one of the four gates of the historical old town. It is also known as the Western gate. We passed by it frequently but nothing very interesting.
    Written April 28, 2022
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  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan6,322 contributions
    This fortification can be seen at the north west corner of Chiang Mai old city. Initially water from the river Haui Kaeo was fed into the city. Then the bastion was built over it around 1800 BC. It was called Hua Lin which means the “Head of an Aqueduct”.

    Written May 23, 2019
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  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan6,322 contributions
    Jaeng Sri Poom or Phum is located in the northeast corner of the old city. Jaeng means ‘fort’ and Sri(lee) poom means ‘Light of the Land’. This is a historical corner of the old city as it was the place where the construction of the city wall was started by King Mangrai more than 700 years ago. Legend goes that there used to be a huge Banyan tree nearby which gave this point highly auspicious. Hence in order to be more powerful the king chose this point. The tree is long gone. There was a fire that ravaged the old city and the Sri Phum bastion was rebuilt by King Kawila. You can see an interesting shrine called San Lak Muang Jaeng Sri Phum near the fort.

    Written May 23, 2019
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  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan6,322 contributions
    This fortification ruins are located on the south west corner of Chiang Mai old city. Unfortunately in 1950s a fire destroyed majority of the walls and gates, so the gates were reconstructions. Traces of the castle walls can be found on the corners. An interesting tale is told by the locals about this fort. They relate that a very rich but cruel king used to rule Chiang Mai. One day a man named Hueang was caught trying to steal somethings from the king’s treasure. He was executed and buried at this place.
    Written May 23, 2019
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