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Wat Chedi Luang

Over 600 years old, Wat Chedi Luang is the most somber of Chiang Mai's many temples. But don't let it get you down. Several times a day, the somber mood is broken by a flurry of young monks scurrying around, mixing youthful horseplay with their monkly chores.

The structure was severely damaged by an earthquake soon after it was build, and despite some recent reconstruction, still stands largely in the same condition it's been in for the past six centuries. This marks a pleasant change from the shiny gold paint of most Thai temples.

While you're here, don't miss out on "Monk Chat", an area beneath the trees where you can ask some of the older monks about anything that's on your mind — from historical queries about the temple, to general guidance on how to better live your life.

Visitor comments

Tue, Sep 11 2012, 10:07 am
Oh yes, I have been to Chiangmai twice this year, and will be going there next month. We were lucky that the International Flower Show and La Krathong events hanepped simultaneously. We did visit the night market just next to the Tapae Gate. It is unbelievable we had to walk for nearly 3-4 kms from one end to the other. Its full of people and lots of bargains. We couldnt help indulging ourselves in getting cheap foot massages along the footpaths. Things are dearth cheap. Lots of arty farty thingies to choose from.For those who have not experience this before, it has to be a must go so that next time, when you talk to your mates about Chiangmai, at least, you can say, been there and done that. Finally, its pretty safe at the night market.Cheerskenneth coeNew Zealand

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