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“Beautiful Temple, Monk Chats, and Meditation Course”
Review of Wat Suan Dok

Wat Suan Dok
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Half-Day Doi Suthep and Temples From Chiang Mai
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Private Tour: City and Temples of Chiang Mai
Ranked #18 of 267 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.
Reviewed February 11, 2014

Monk Chats occur on specific days from 5-7pm and is so worth going to learn about basically anything you want to ask the monks. I also attended the overnight meditation course iffered through the Wat, which was good for a refresher. Very basic and simple with good food and clean accommodation. Everyone was so nice, and learned some new walking meditation techniques.
The Wat here is also strikingly beautiful, but without all the massive tourists seen in the other Wats.

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Reviewed February 8, 2014

... but compared to other temples in Chiang Mai, nothing special, and a bit of a hike out of town. The graveyard next door is covered in scaffolding (Feb 2014).

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Reviewed February 7, 2014

I attended the 24 hr retreat, excellent
500 bht all included, 3 meals ,accomodation and meditation
Well run ,worth doing

Thank AnnaLast
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

This was one of the better temples we saw in Chiang Mai. You have to walk a little further to get to it, but it was quite a sight. It's completely white! You have to take off your shoes to walk around the outside temple area. A large part of the temple grounds were under construction when we were there.

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Reviewed January 29, 2014

The temple itself is beautiful and definitely worth a visit. But the best thing is the possibility of monks chat. We chatted an hour with two buddhist monks in front of the temple. It was really interesting and I got to learn a lot about daily lives of thai buddhist monks and so much more. It was the highlight of all my Chiang Mai experience and possibly of whole Thailand experience. Whoever has any interest in Buddhism should not miss it.

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