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Wat Intharawat

Wat Intharawat

Wat Intharawat is a temple found in Chiang Mai’s countryside. Its design makes it an outstanding example of classic Lanna architecture and consists of an open pavilion, an open mondop, and a viharn.

The temple is also known by other names such as Wat Ton Khwen or Wat Ton Kwen.

Wat Intharawat (Wat Ton Kwen) Buddhist Temple Address & Hours

If you find yourself in northern Thailand, this temple is highly recommended adding to your itinerary because it is one of the last few temples which has been so well-preserved that it is very close to its original state. The Thai Fine Arts Department oversees the care and upkeep of the temple, and when renovations have been done in the past, they made sure that the original structures are kept intact.

The temple’s viharn is small and simple, built back in 1858. It is enclosed by an open pavilion on three sides, while the staircase features an impressive set of Naga snakes, which are a popular element in local folklore. The snakes have been included in part of the temple’s design to serve as guardians for both sides of the temple.

Inside, you’ll find a large imposing Buddha in a Mara posture, placed on a pedestal with smaller images placed in front. There are numerous more beautiful features found throughout the temple grounds.

The tranquil environment at the temple makes it a great place to meditate, but even if you don’t, it’s worth visiting. There is also a good chance you’ll have it all to yourself because it’s one of the less touristy temples of Chiang Mai due to its remote location. Beautiful palm trees and serene rice fields surround the temple.

Wat Intharawat is found south-west of Chiang Mai’s city centre, around 10 kilometres away within the Ban Ton Kwen village of Hang Dong. The most efficient way to get here is to drive yourself or hire a private taxi from the city centre. The temple is open to visitors every day from 6am to 5pm, and admission is free.

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