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Wat Chedi Luang

Wat Chedi Luang is one of the many Buddhist temples that dot Chiang Mai City, and which seeks to direct devout locals and foreigners to enlightenment.

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Chiang Mai Temples

As a very religious Buddhist country, Thailand literally has thousands of temples, with hundreds of them in and around Chiang Mai.

Temples (known as “Wats”) are one of the most popular tourist attractions whilst visiting Chiang Mai, with many temples hundreds of years old.

Top Must See & Best Temples in the Old City Chiang Mai, Thailand Map




The most prominent of all Chiang Mai Temples Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Located at the peak of Mount Suthep, history has it that the temple was built in the 14th century. Look out for the replica of the Emerald Buddha, a statue whose original piece is found in Thailand’s capital.

Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh are two other prominent temples which are located right in the heart of the old city. Both built in the 14th century, these historic temples are a great way to learn more about Buddhism and Thai culture.

If you are interested in heading up to Chiang Rai, no trip would be complete without visiting the famous White Temple known as Wat Rong Khun. This temple was designed and built by artist Chaloemchai Khositphiphat in 1998 and building still continues today.

Wat Suan Dok, Wat Ched Yot and Wat Sri Suphan (silver temple) are just some of the other interesting temples located around Chiang Mai. So click the links below to explore the different temples around Chiang Mai in more detail.



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Wat Chedi Luang

Si Phum, Chiang Mai

Wat Chedi Luang is one of the many Buddhist temples that dot Chiang Mai City, and which seeks to direct devout locals and foreigners to enlightenment.

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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Suthep, Chiang Mai

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is one of the holiest Buddhist Temples in Northern Thailand. Its location overlooks Chiang Mai City from the mountain slopes.

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Wat Phra Singh

Wat Phra Singh

Si Phum, Chiang Mai

Wat Phra Singh ranks as one of the most revered temples in the northern parts of Thailand. Consequently, it attracts visitors from all over the world.

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Wat Suan Dok

Wat Suan Dok

Suthep, Chiang Mai

Wat Suan Dok is believed to have been constructed in the 14th century under the reign of King Keu Na who ruled over the ancient Lanna Kingdom.

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Wat Chiang Man

Wat Chiang Man

Si Phum, Chiang Mai

Wat Chiang Man stands out as one of Chiang Mai’s most remarkable temples simply because it is the oldest Wat in the city, yet still stands strong.

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Wat Umong

Wat Umong

Suthep, Chiang Mai

Wat Umong, in full, Wat Umong Suan Puthatham, is an old temple nestled in Chiang Mai in the northern parts of Thailand. Locals also refer to it as Oomong.

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Wiang Kum Kam

Tha Wang Tan, Saraphi

Wiang Kum Kam is an ancient settlement of historical importance in Thailand as it is not just a rich archaeological site, but also a popular attraction.

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Wat Phan Tao

Wat Phan Tao

Si Phum, Chiang Mai

Wat Pan Tao is a small but very interesting temple, especially for visitors who are thrilled by Thailand’s unique heritage and religious framework.

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Wat Phra That Doi Kham

Suthep, Chiang Mai

Wat Phra That Doi Kham is a spectacular temple located on the lush mountain slopes just close to Chiang Mai town. It is a popular tourist attraction too.

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Wat Srisuphan

Hai Ya, Chiang Mai

Wat Sri Suphan, also known as the silver temple, is located close to the Wualai Street Market. This makes it a must-visit tourist attraction in Chiang Mai.

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Wat Lok Molee

Si Phum, Chiang Mai

Wat Lok Molee, also known as Wat Lok Moli, is a temple located in the old Chiang Mai city, just about half a kilometre from the famous Chang Phuak gate.

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Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Lampang Luang, Ko Kha

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang is a temple that was founded in the 13th century and some buildings were constructed in the 15th century. The temple was built in honour of Buddha who it is said visited the site 2,500 years...

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Wat Ram Poeng

Suthep, Chiang Mai

Wat Ram Poeng, also known as Tapotaram, is a meditation retreat for visitors who would like to tap into the power of meditation during their travels.

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Wat Chetawan

Chang Moi, Chiang Mai

Wat Mahawan is a must-visit prime tourist attraction located close to the old walled city of Chiang Mai, right next to the popular Tha Phae Gate.

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Wat Chet Yot

Chang Phueak, Chiang Mai

Wat Chet Yot, also known to the locals as Wat Jed Yod, is a beautiful temple nestled in Chiang Mai’s serene surroundings, and a popular tourist attraction.

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Wat Phra That Si Chom Thong

Ban Luang, Chom Thong

Wat Chom Tong is a beautiful temple nestled about 60kms to the south of Chiang Mai. The temple is also referred to as the Chom Tong Meditation Center.

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Wat Ku Tao

Chang Phueak, Chiang Mai

Wat Ku Tao is an outstanding temple whose ancient roots and rich history make it a treasured travel destination for Thais as well as international tourists.

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Sacred Heart Cathedral

Chang Khlan, Chiang Mai

Sacred Heart Cathedral is a unique attraction in its own right for the simple reason that it is a church nestled in a land where Buddhism is predominant.

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Wat Pong Noi

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Pong Noi is situated in the charming artists’ village of Pong Noi. Located in the outskirts of Chiang Mai, this temple is more of a working temple than a tourist attraction. That’s one of the many reasons that make...

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Wat Muen San

Hai Ya, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Muen San is a one-of-a-kind temple in Chiang Mai; distinct for the incredible silver reliefs found throughout the temple, which depict scenes from Buddha’s life, floral patterns, and religious figures. It is...

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Wat Duang Dee

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Duang Dee is an early 16th-century temple in Chiang Mai; located on Phra Pok Klao Road in the heart of the old walled city. The temple’s name translates to “Good Luck Temple”, and features an ubosot, a viharn, a...

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Wat Puak Hong

Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Wat Puak Hong is an ancient temple located on Samlan Soi 7 in Chiang Mai. The temple’s origins are unknown, but it is assumed that it was erected sometime during the 16th or 17th century, with its name meaning...

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Wat Jedlin

Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Wat Jedlin is a 16th-century temple situated in the old walled city of Chiang Mai. Located on Prapokklao Road, the temple is also known by its other names such as Wat Jet Lin, Wat Nong Chalin, and Wat Chedlin. It is...

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Chiang Mai City Pillar Shrine

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Chiang Mai City Pillar Shrine is a crucial landmark of the old city. Also known as Wat Inthakhin, the pillar was erected by the famous King Mangrai when the city was founded on April 12, 1296 CE. Its name, which...

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Wat Thung Yu

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Wat Thung Yu Temple is one of Chiang Mai’s many beautiful and interesting temples. Located in the Si Phum Subdistrict in the Old City, there are many features that set this temple apart and make it so unique. Wat...

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Wat Si Koet

Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Wat Si Koet is a popular temple in Chiang Mai. Located along Ratchadamnoen Road, the quaint temple is distinct for its white colour accentuated by beautiful golden borders. It may be small, but its architecture...

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Wat Pan Waen

Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Wat Pan Waen is a small but exquisite temple in Chiang Mai; exhibiting all the classic elements of a northern Thai temple. Located in Phra Singh in the Old City, the grounds are so peaceful and tranquil; not too...

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Wat Samphao

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Samphao is a one-of-a-kind temple found within the city walls of Chiang Mai; located west of the Tha Phae Gate, and was built sometime between 1260-1578, which was during the reign of the Mangrai Dynasty. Its name...

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Wat Pong Sanuk

Wiang Nuea, Mueang Lampang

The Wat Pong Sanuk is a magnificent Burmese temple located in Lampang. The temple, which has received the UNESCO Award for Merit, was built back in 1886 by wealthy immigrants from Burma who were working in the lucrative...

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Wat Loi Khro

Wat Loi Khro

Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Loi Khro is one of Chiang Mai’s many ancient temples with a rich history. Located on Loi Khro Road, the temple isn’t as touristy as many of the others in the area despite being on a busy street. Wat Loi Khro –...

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Wat Phraphutthabat Tak Pha

Makok, Pa Sang

The Wat Phraphutthabat Tak Pha is a well-known ancient temple located in Lamphun. It is not like many of the area’s temples, as it was built on two levels that have been separated by a long stairway. The staircase of...

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Wat Khuan Khama

Wat Khuan Khama

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Wat Khuan Khama is an old, lovely temple in Chiang Mai; located in Sri Poom Road at the Sri Phum area. This temple is best known for having a theme centred around horses, and can easily be seen from miles away...

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Wat Phra That Hariphunchai Woramahawihan

Nai Mueang, Mueang Lamphun

The Wat Phra That Hariphunchai Woramahawihan is an ancient temple found in Lamphun. The temple, whose name means Temple of the Sacred Hariphunchai Relic, is known for its large size and majestic, imperial ambience. Wat...

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Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao Suchadaram

Wiang Nuea, Mueang Lampang

The Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao Suchadaram is a popular centuries-old temple in Lampang. Also known as the temple of the Emerald Buddha, the imposing chedi is one of its most striking features alongside the Burmese shrine and...

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Wat Phra That Doi Saket

Choeng Doi, Doi Saket

The Wat Phra That Doi Saket is a glorious ancient Buddhist temple outside of Chiang Mai. Located in the city’s outskirts, the temple is filled with many different kinds of decorations and paintings that reflect its rich...

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Wat Si Rong Muang

Wat Si Rong Muang

Sop Tui, Mueang Lampang

The Wat Sri Rong Muang is a unique, incredible temple in Lampang famed for its impressive teak wood design; built during the reign of Rama V and took all of seven years to complete. The location of the where the temple...

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Wat Chedi Sao Lang

Ton Thong Chai, Mueang Lampang

Wat Chedi Sao Lang is a unique temple, not too far from Lampang in northern Thailand. Sao translates to “20” in the local dialect, and it gets its name from the 20 chedis that are spread throughout the temple grounds...

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Wat Chedi Liam

Pa Daet, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Wat Chedi Liam is one of Chiang Mai’s most beautiful temples. Also known as the Chedi Ku Kham, this magnificent 13th-century Buddhist temple was built by King Mengrai of back when Chiang Mai was part of the Lanna...

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Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat Phrachomklao Rachanusorn

Wichet Nakhon, Chae Hom

The Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat Phrachomklao Rachanusorn is one of the newest attractions in Lampang. Located on the mountaintops of the Jae Hom district, the sight of these temples will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen...

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Wat Chai Si Phum

Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Wat Chai Si Phum is a beautiful historic temple located on the edge of Chiang Mai’s old city. It’s most famous feature is the stunning, intricately carved golden façade. Although it’s one of the city’s numerous...

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Wat Bupparam

Chang Khlan, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Wat Bupparam is a famous temple in Chiang Mai. Ornate décor and evident Burmese influences are what set this temple apart from the others. It’s one of the most frequently visited temples here, found on Thapae Road...

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Ban Ho Mosque

Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Ban Ho Mosque is an iconic mosque located near the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. It is revered for being one of the largest mosques in Chiang Mai, and it is also one of the only 7 mosques in the whole province. The...

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Wat Dab Pai

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Wat Dab Pai is a small temple located in the north-western corner of Chiang Mai’s old walled city. It is known as the temple that can end suffering, although in the past it was called Wat A-Pai, after a monk named...

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Wat Chomphu

Chang Moi , Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Chomphu is a lovely Buddhist temple found just outside the Old City of Chiang Mai. This temple is famous for its intricate golden chedi (which can be seen in many other wats), although this one is worth visiting for...

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Wat Fa Ham

Wat Ket, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Wat Fa Ham is a beautiful temple found on the eastern banks of the Maenam Ping river in Chiang Mai. Although small, this temple is one of the most intricately adorned, and features numerous interesting little...

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Wat Gate Khar Rnam

Wat Gate Khar Rnam

Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Gate Khar Rnam is a small and charming temple in Chiang Mai. Located on Charoen Rat Road, the temple has hundreds of little exciting details to discover. What makes this temple unique from most of the others in...

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Wat Pha Lat

Su Thep, Chiang Mai

Wat Pha Lat is one of the most magical temples in Chiang Mai. That’s because unlike others, it’s nestled in the lush forests and you’ll have to take a short but rewarding hike to get there. Unlike others found in the...

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Wat Phan On

Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Phan On is a remarkable but small temple located within Chiang Mai’s old walled city; built back in 1501 during the rule of Lanna King Mueang Kaeo. The temple has numerous notable features and designs that make it...

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Wat Saen Fang

Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Saen Fang in Chiang Mai is a magnificent temple with interesting features. It is one of the lesser-known temples of the city, but definitely worth a visit especially if you’d like to see its impressive details and...

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