Wat Phra Thart Doi Suthep
Perhaps the most famous temple is set among the peaks of Doi Suthep.
It has a lovely setting with a panoramic view of Chiangmai and the Mae
Ping River valley. Although Wat Doi Suthep is the most recently built of
the temples dating from the Lanna Thai period, it is the symbol of
Chiangmai. The site was selected by sending an elephant to roam at will
up the mountainside. When it reached this spot, it trumpeted, circled
three times, and kneeled down and thus interpreted as a sign indicating
and auspicious site.  For a map of the Temple   
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Wat Goo Come, or Wat Jedee Liam
was built by King Mengrai at the side of Wiang Goom Gaam, located just
outside the city of Chiangmai on the road to Lumpoon. To get there,
turn right at the starting point for the number two yellow bus, 200
meters after the Mae Ping Police Station on Lumpoon Road.

King Mengrai conquered Lumpoon in 1281, and two years later he
began to look for a site to establish his new capital Chiangmai. During
his surveying years, 1286-1295, he resided temporarily in Goom Gaam.
Upon the death of his beloved wife, the queen, he built this pyramidal
pagoda in her memory. He donated the monument to the wat after its
completion in 1288.


Wat Jedee Luang
on Prapokklao Road is the side of a formerly massive pagoda that was
unfortunately destroyed in the great earthquake of 1545. The temple
was originally constructed in 1401 by the orders of King Saeng Muang
Ma. In 1454, reigning King Tilo-Garaj enlarged the jedee to a height of
86 meters. After the earthquake, the jedee lay in ruin until 1991, when it
was reconstructed at a cost of several million Baht. The reconstructed
jedee was finished in 1992, and it is every as impressive as it was when
it was first built.

Wat Chiang Mun
is the oldest temple in Chiangmai. It is located within the walled city on
Rajpakinai Road. King Mengrai allegedly lived here while the city of
Chiangmai was constructed. Enshrined in Wat Chiang Mun is a tiny
crystal Buddha called Pra Seh-Taang Kamaneeee. It is thought to have
the power to bring rain. Another image, called Phra Sila Khoa, reflects
the fine workmanship of Indian craftsmen from thousand of years ago.



Wat Oo-Mong
is an ancient temple in the forest just outside Chiangmai. King Mengrai
built this temple for a highly respected forest monk. The monk was not
able to practice Lord Buddha's teaching in the city, so the king built a
temple in an isolated area for the monk to stay quietly and meditate.

Wat Jao Mengrai
was built in the city of Chiangmai shortly after Wat Chiang Mun was
completed. When the big Buddha image was being carried through the
city to the new temple site, the carriage broke and the image fell to the
ground. Out of superstition, King Mengrai decided to build another
temple on the spot.


Wat Suan Dorg
on Suthep Road was built in 1383. It was constructed in the gardens of
Lanna Royal Residence. The rows of smaller White jedees contain the
ashes of Chiangmai Royal family.






Wat Pra Singh
is located in the center of the city at the intersection of Singharaj and
Rajdamnern Road. The large jedee was built in 1345 by King Pha Yu to
house the remains of his father King Kam Fu. A typical scripture
repository is located at this temple as well. These repositories were
designed to keep and protect the delicate sa or mullberry paper sheets
used by monk and scribes to keep records and write down folklore. The
high stucco-covered stone base of the repository protected the
delicate scriptures from the rain, floods and pests.

The walls of the chapel are coverer with mural illustrating Lanna
customs, dress, and scenes from daily life. The lovely Lai Kam chapel
houses the revered Phra Singh Buddha image. Sadly, the head was
stolen in 1922, and a reproduction is now seen.

Wat Jed Yord
is situated on the superhighway off Huay Kaew Road, near the
Chiangmai National Museum. Built in 1455 by King Tilokaraja, its name
means "Seven Spires" - a description of a jedee's construction. It was
copied from the Mahabodi Temple in Bodh Gaya, India, where the
Buddha achieved enlightenment. The larger jedee contains the ashes
of King Tilokaraja.



Wat Ku Tao

This old temple is noteworthy for its unique Burmese-style chedi
(pagoda) that consists of a series of circular layers piling one above the
other and decorated with coloured porcelain pieces. As this round
layered pagoda resembles a water gourd, the temple is called Wat Ku
Tao, which means "Temple with the Water Gourd Chedi".

Off Chotana Road near the Chiang Mai Stadium




Wat Pan Tao
is one of the few remaining temples with wooden buildings that are still
in good condition.
Wat Prasart is located across the street from Wat Phra Singh to the
North. It is a good example of typical Lanna temple architecture.



Wat Saen Fang
is of Burmese style situated in an amazingly serene spot just off busy
Thapae Road.






Wat Chiedi Luang
Although the front of the grounds houses new, ornately decorated
temple buildings, Wat Chiedi Man is home to the ruins of a 600-year-old
temple that was once home to the Emerald Buddha that now resides on
the Grand Palace grounds. The brick and stone structure, surrounded
by carved elephants, has not been fully restored but was once the
tallest building in Chiang Mai.

Wat U Mong
Chiang Mai's most unusual temple who's main feature is a maze-like
system of tunnels.

was built in a forested secluded place at the base of the sacred
mountain Doi Suthep as a  meditation temple and as such it does not
have the usual features of temple grounds. The temple structures are
well surrounded by forest trees and a lake. There are some “kuti” (
monks living quarters ) and a library

This forest Wat is believed to have been built in the time of King
Mangrai in the 14th century and restored in 1371. It fell into disuse in
the late 15th century. In 1948 it was re-established as a center for
Buddhist teaching and a meditation temple. It remains so to this day.


Wat Srisuphan - The Silver Temple
was built in 1502, although little remains of the original temple except
the boundary markers (sema stones) around the ordination hall
(ubosot). In fact, the chapel is now the focus of renovations that are
designed to make it a fitting centerpiece for the silver village it serves.
The entire surface of the hall, inside and out, is being covered in silver.
The roof is already covered in silver-plated tiles





Much of the above info is from the web site of Welcome to
Chiang Mai &
Chiang Rai
Don's Life In Thailand
Temples in Chiangmai, Thailand
Buddhist temples in Chiangmai show off a mixture of architectural styles that reflect the varied
heritage of Northern Thailand. Elements from Lanna Thai, Burmese, Sri Lankan and Mon temples have
all been used in one from or another. Intricate woodcarvings and protective Naga serpent staircases
add a flamboyance that reflects an awesome reverence for the Buddhist religion. Gilded umbrellas,
guardian figures from the tales of the Ramayana and stupas trimmed with god filigree combine to
heighten the overall effect.

To date, there have been some 300 temples constructed in Chiangmai an its outskirts. Visitors should
take the time to visit the most revered temples in the city, built during the noble Lanna Thai dynasty.

NOTE:  Thais prefer visitors to temples to cover their bodies as a sign of respect for their religion.
Religious objects like Buddha images and chedi should not be climbed upon or touched. When Thais
sit on floors, they do not point their feet in a direction worthy of respect, such as a Buddha image,
monk, or a teacher. They consider the head as "high" and the feet as "low".

Attractions
Sightseeing
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Doi Suthep
Chiang Mai Zoo
Night Safari
Elephant Camp
Tiger Kingdom
Chang Dao Cave
(more)

National Parks


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Doi Inthanon
Doi Suthep
Sri Lanna
Ob Luang
Huay Naam Dang
Doi Wiang Pha
(more

Water Falls


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Mae Sa Falls
Doi Inthanon Falls
Huay Kaew Falls
Monthathal
Mae Takhrai
Mae Takhrai
(more)

Museum's Gallery's


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Chiang Mai National
Hill Tribe Museum
Museum of World
Insects
Dhara Phirom Palace
Wat Gate Museum
(more)

Elephant Shows
Elephant Camps

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Maesa
Patara
Conservation Center
Chiang Dao
Elephant Sanctuary
Mae Ping
(more)

Thai Cooking School


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A Lot Of Thai
Smart Cook
Thai Kitchen
Thai Cookery
Siam Rice
Baan Thai
(more)

Shopping


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Sunday Night Market
Night Bazzar
Sat Walking Street
Airport Plaza
Pantip Plaza
Kad Suan Kaew
(more)

Sports
Activities
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Golf
Tennis
Fishing
Hot Air Baloon
Rock Climbing
Sky Adventure
(more)