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About: If you like to continue your temple tour of Bangkok but in cooler weather and less crowd, this city nestled in mountainous northern Thailand is the place for you. Art, architecture and history lovers don’t give this place a miss. Hiring a tuk-tuk or a cab or a samlor are the ways to roam around.
Mae Fah Luang Art & Culture Park: Best place in whole of Thailand to see Thai art, artefacts and contemporary art. Originally known as the Rai Mae Fah Luang, the Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park started first as the office of the Thai Hill Crafts Foundation.
Interesting aspect of this park is “Haw Kham” (Golden Pavilion), a building the people of Chiang Mai built and presented as a gift to the Princess Mother on her 84th birthday. Other attractions include Haw Kaew where permanent exhibition on teakwood is featured alongside year-round revolving exhibitions and a botanical.
Wat Jet Yot The design of the central sanctuary, the Maha Pho wihan somewhat resemble the Mahabodhi temple of Bodh Gaya (India). Rounding the roof of the rectangular windowless building are seven spires (In Thai: chet yot) which gives the temple its name.
The interior of the building has a corridor which leads to a Buddha statue at its end. Only men are allowed to enter this part of the temple, don’t ask me why.
The exterior facades of the building features stucco reliefs. There are many chedis around the main temple.
Wat Klang Wiang: You would not find a single structure in this temple complex without decoration nicely sculpted. Most of the structures were built in the 20th century after a violent storm severely damaged it. The main structures include the ubosot, the viharn, a scripture library, the chedi and the city pillar shrine.
Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong: This holy site existed even before Buddhism existed in Thailand. There is a “Chedi” or “Golden Pagoda of Stupa” located in the center of the temple which is the focal point of the temple. The Chedi was constructed with a mixture of Bhu-kam (ancient Burma) and Lanna style. It is around 14 meters high with the lotus-petal base. It is said that this temple is the reason the city of Chiang Mai came into existence.
Wat Phra Singh: The temple has an important Buddha statue: the Phra Buddha Sihing which gives the temple its name. Every year, during the Songkran festival, the statue is taken from wihan Lai Kham and carried through the streets of Chiang Mai in a religious procession during while the spectators honor the statue by sprinkling water over it.
Wat Chedi Luang: The most beautiful temple of Chiang Mai. The whole temple complex as if breathes history. You have to go there to see what I am talking about. Another interesting thing about this temple is Monk Chat. Go there to find out what it is.