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Thailand: Temples in Chiang Mai – Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phan Tao – VIDEO
An ancient city in northern Thailand, the history of which dates back to 1296, was famous for its more than three hundred Buddhist temples. Wat Chedi Luang in the very center of the city is one of the most famous, oldest and most visited, so let's take a look at it together.
Although the temple consists of several buildings, most of the visitors come here because of the originally 82 meter high brick staircase. Its construction began at the end of the 14th century and, at the time of its completion, about half a century later, it was the largest building in the Lanna kingdom of which Chiang Mai was the capital city.
At that time, the temple concealed the statue of the "emerald" Buddha, which you can find today at Wat Phra Kaew Shrine in Bangkok. Unfortunately, in 1545, the temple was damaged by earthquake and part of the stump collapsed. That is why the Emerald Buddha moved to Luang Prabang in Laos today, from where he gradually reached the new capital city of the kingdom of Siam - Bangkok.
If you visit Wat Chedi Luang these days, you can see at least a copy of the statue in the reconstructed east ridge of the temple. Besides, visit the shrine that hides the so-called city column. The local believes he supports the whole city and gives him spiritual strength. In several other sanctuaries along the perimeter of the main temple you will see Buddha statues in different postures.
In the temple premises, you also come across monks everyday to talk about Buddhism or Thai culture. They are mostly young novices who speak very good English, I really recommend to make there a short break at least. This is one of the best opportunities to learn something interesting about life in Thailand.
Right next to Wat Chedi Luang, visit the small wooden temple of Wat Phan Tao (sometimes called Wat Pan Tao). Although there are a lot of tourists, it is one of my most popular in Chiang Mai. Especially for a visit during Yi Peng holidays, when it was full of colored lanterns and candles, I will never forget. Unlike most other temples, Wat Phan Tao is built almost entirely of wood and rather than enchanting your size, it will surprise you with details. At the same time, there are many Buddhist ceremonies, not only during the great Buddhist feasts.
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