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Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara

Open today: 6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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Built about 600 years ago, this impressive temple once housed the precious Emerald Buddha.
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Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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103 Phra Pok Klao Road | Phra Singh, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
+66 53 276 140
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If there is one 'Wat' that you must visit in Chiang Mai then this has to be it other than Doi Suthep.The good thing is that you can visit it anytime of the day as its almost situated in the heart of the town and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank ShuddhoGhosh
Reviewed 2 days ago

We went there on the first day of our arrival to Chiang Mai. Nice historic temple, it get my imagination run on overdrive picturing it surrounded by water and undamaged.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Konstantin I
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was cool to see as its one of the larger and older temples in Chiang Mia. There were a few I liked more than this but if you need something to do then go see it don’t miss the cool statues on the outside...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank midwestsiderider
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

There are so many special wats in Chiang Mai, but this morning the early chanting here was magical. I don’t know if it’s like this every morning but it’s a wonderful treat.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Eastlight108
Reviewed 4 days ago

Much grander and more imposing than Wat Phra Singh is this beautiful complex of little and large temples, lovingly restored or indeed lovingly left in their original ruined state (which is fine by me). As always with Buddhist temples, coming to one leaves you feeling...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LiJames77
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great old temple area. Beautifull buildings everywhere. I know, there are a lot of temple in Chiang Mai, but I think, it's one of the most impressive at the old city centre because of its antic structure which was destroyed by an earthquake centuries ago....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank martingV9580IS
Reviewed 4 days ago

Five years later, I went to Chediluang Temple again, since I like it so much, not just due to it has been built more than six hundred years ago, but also its unique architecture. It is located in the center of the old town Chiangmai....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank whitej_11
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

One of my favourite temples. Simply worthwhile. Just go and you won’t be disappointed. If you only go to one or two temples, then make this one of them.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jellie0303
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The Wat Chedi Luang has the most impressive, tall and standing Buddha statue in the main temple and lovely surrounding buildings.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 210malteb
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We spent a while here, it’s beautiful with so many different parts to see. Lots of different style buildings and gorgeous details. Unfortunately the sound of drones ruins the peace of the place so they need to get onto that or it will become unbearable...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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5 December 2017|
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Response from johnpackham3d | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Not sure if there are set time or if there are one or more all day during opening hours. We saw a Monk sat with someone having a chat when we were there. That was around 15:00pm. I read somewhere that the earlier the... More
Kuan C
17 June 2017|
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Response from Millennium_Falcon888 | Reviewed this property |
I doubt the temple will close that late, and it's more than likely to close around 6-7pm... The monks staying in the Chedi Luang need to rest anyway! :)
Kuan C
17 June 2017|
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Response from Ada J | Reviewed this property |
Hi Kuan, I verified this with my friend who lives in Chiang Mai. The temple is open from 8:00AM-5:00PM everyday. Hope this helps!