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Wat Chiang Man

Wat Chiang Man

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 it still stands strong today.

It is believed that the temple was constructed at the turn of the 15th century and is credited to be the work of Phaya Mengrai. The architectural style evident at the temple is a testament to the unique style that Thais have been using for centuries.

Wat Chiang Man Buddhist Temple & Dress Code Chiang Mai, Thailand

On arrival at the temple, it is impossible to miss the dual Buddhas, both of which are housed in a tiny shrine located on the right side of the temple. The two are Phra Sila and Phra Sae Tang Khamani. The former is made from marble and stands at 0.3 metres in height. Some believe that this statue originated from Sri Lanka, while others believe that the statue was obtained from India.

Phra Tang Khamani, on the other hand, stands at just 0.1 metres and is thought to have been brought from Lavo many centuries back. At the entrance of Wat Chiang Man, there is a giant stone tablet on whose surface the letters ‘1581’ are engraved. These numbers are believed to mark the year during which the city was founded and is an important historical marker.

While there are no entry fees to Wat Chiang Man, the monks present appreciate donations. As with all temples in Thailand, visitors must ensure they are dressed respectfully. This includes covering knees, shoulders and midriffs.

Wat Chiang Man is located near the north wall of the old city in Chiang Mai. You can walk here from Chang Phuak Gate (north gate) in less than 2 minutes. Any red truck (songthaew) can take you within the old city for no more than 20 THB per person.

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