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Wat Klang Wiang

Wat Klang Wiang is one of the oldest and most ornate temples in northern Thailand. Located in the heart of Chiang Rai, the temple’s name translates to ‘temple found at the city centre.’

It’s one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, as visitors come by every day to pay their respects at this one-of-a-kind temple.

Wat Klang Wiang, Buddhist Temple, Address, Hours & History, Chiang Rai

It has a long and rich history dating back to its construction in 1432. It was initially named Wat Chan Ta Lok or Wat Chan Lok, after the large red sandalwood tree growing in the area known as Chan Deang. For the locals, this tree is auspicious, but unfortunately, it was cut down. However, when the city of Chiang Rai was established in 1874, city planners found that the temple was built right in its centre and for that reason was given its new name.

Eventually, 1.5-meter navel city pillar was also added so that visitors could come to pay their respects. But since it was constructed from mutton and clay, it wasn’t strong enough and fell apart after some time. In 1992, the temple’s abbot named Phra Kru Sasankijkosol, decided to reconstruct the pillar in its original location. They also added a mandapa in the shape of a pumpkin, together with a spire, on top of the new navel city pillar to honour the 60th anniversary of His Majesty.

Additionally, they built Jatulokaban statues, who are known to be the four keepers of the world. These statues were designed to guard the pillars, as stated in ancient Lanna beliefs. A chedi was also added in the original location of the red sandalwood tree. Various elephant statues are found around its base, and the vivid ubosot was included as the final touches to the beautiful Lanna architecture of the temple.

To get to the Wat Wat Klang Wiang, start from the Cultural Centre located on Singhaklai Road. Turn right on Rattanaket Road, go past the Provincial Office and after around 200 meters, pass the first junction and you’ll see the temple to your right. It’s open daily from 6am to 5pm.

Address
Corner of Rattanakheat Rd & Uttarakit
Wiang, Mueang Chiang Rai

Opening Hours
6am - 5pm

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