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 worth visiting to get a glimpse of Lanna culture and religion.
Wat Phan On Temple, Opening Hours, Address, Dress Attire, Chiang Mai
The chedi was erected in 2007, and was named by King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand as the Sareerikkatartsirirak Pagoda. On all four sides of the chedi are red niches which contain the revered image of Buddha.
Check out the temple courtyard, where there’s a big tree with several Buddha images beneath. There are also many bells throughout the temple complex, which can be rung by tourists and visitors. The relaxing shade in the courtyard is a great spot for picnicking, and a small shop serves food and drinks.
During Sundays, Ratchademnoen Road comes alive with the Sunday night walking street market. Since this is where the Wat Phan On is located, by 4pm onwards, it starts buzzing with activity which is truly an experience worth coming for. The market sells mostly food and local handicrafts; a wonderful place to spend an evening out and about in Chiang Mai. If you’d like to avoid the crowds, simply go on other days of the week instead of Sunday nights.
The temple grounds welcome visitors daily from 6am to 6pm. There is no admission fee although some donation boxes can be found. Any help from visitors is welcome since donations go to upkeep and maintenance of this very important ancient attraction.