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Wat Suan Dok
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Half-Day Doi Suthep and Temples From Chiang Mai
Ranked #15 of 247 things to do in Chiang Mai
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Owner description: 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2012

Lovely Wat with cemetary of Chiang Mai royal family attached. Also house a large university. Visit Mon, Wed or Fri between 5-7 to participate in a Monk Chat. The monks will sit with you to discuss almost anything you would wish. They enlighten you on their beliefs and you help them practice their language skills. We met with a charming and humble 3rd year student from Myanmar. It was a wonderful experience. They have numerous books and tracks on Buddhism available to you if you wish. Definitely woul go again.

Visited March 2012
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“An amazing temple”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2012

So amazing they have dogs guarding your shoes outside. It's beautiful outside and inside. Inside they have monks selling the buddha tablets encased in a plastic holder. They're really affordable. It's always amusing to see the monks surf the web on their laptops and see the donations and offerings the people have left for the monks. There are trees with animals corresponding to the chinese zodiac in side too.
The outside is amazing, so snap as many pictures as you can.

Visited February 2012
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“Lovely wat, one of wats that should be seen”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2011

Wat Suan Dok means a Flower Garden Temple. This temple is a royal temple of the 3rd class. The temple is located along Suthep road, approximately one kilometre west of Suan Dok Gate.A grouping of white washed mausoleums, which house the cremation ashes of members of the royal family of Chiang Mai, is located in the northwestern quarter of the temple grounds. At the beginning of the 20th century, Princess Dara Rasmi, one of the wives of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) and daughter of the Lanna king Inthawichayanon, had the ashes collected from around Chiang Mai to be interred at their present setting.

Visited December 2011
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