Wat Chiang Man
Wat Chiang Man
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Ratchapakhinai Road - Chiang Mai ( Chiang Mai )
08.00 - 17.00  - $   | View Events
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Wat Chiang Man

Wat Chiang Man is the oldest temple in Chiang Mai. The temple was built in 1296 by King Mengrai, the first ruler of Lanna Kingdom, who used it as its residence when he oversaw the construction of the new capital; now it is inhabited only by monks. Located at north-east corner of the old walled city, Wat Chiang Man is famous for its Lanna-style Chang Lom Chedi, better known as Elephant Chedi, which is the oldest construction within the temple complex. The square base supports a second level which has a row of 15 elephant-shaped buttresses in real size that seem to carry the upper levels of the building on their backs. The gilded upper chedi contains a bell shaped relic chamber directly underneath the pinnacle. The main Lanna-style ordination hall of temple was renovated in the 1920s by the monk Khru Ba Srivichai. The Viharn houses a large mondop structure with an altar surrounded by Buddha statues, including a standing Buddha with an alms bowl dating the year 1465. The façade of building features gilded carvings of Kirtimukha in between flower and plant motives. The second Viharn, smaller and more recent, is characterized by huge decorated columns in teakwood that support the roof at the top. Inside the ordination hall, a small room on the right houses two important and venerated statues of the Buddha, the Phra Sila and the Phra Sae Tang Khamani, which, due to their protective powers, are regarded as the Palladium statues of Chiang Mai: The Phra Sila, the larger of the two, is a stone stele depicting a standing Buddha whilst taming the elephant 'Nalagiri' in bas-relief. According to some historians, the statue was imported from India two about thousands years ago, however, others believe the statue was imported from Sri Lanka during the 8th or 10th century CE depending on the source. Phra Sae Tang Khamani, also known as Phra Khao Kaew or Crystal Buddha, was carved from a clear quartz crystal and has a height of only ten centimeters. The artifact has at least 1,800 years old and was allegedly carved for King Ramraj of Lopburi and brought to the Hariphunchai Kingdom, the present day Lamphun, by Queen Jamadevi in 662 CE, and then transferred to Chiang Mai by King Mangrai in 1296, after he had conquered Lamphun. The gold covered wooden base and golden canopy are later additions donated by King Inthawichayanon of Chiang Mai in 1874. Together they contain more than 6 kg of gold.
Admission fee & Opening hours: The temple is open daily from 08:00 to 17:00. Admission for Thai nationals and foreigners is free.
Getting there: Wat Chiang Man is situated off of Ratchaphakhinai Road in the northeast corner of the old city, and easily accessible on foot or by songthaew from those who are already in the center of Chiang Mai. Entering the old walled part of the city through the Chang Puak gate in the North wall, take a left turn to Ratchaphakhinai Road. The temple is then on the right side after about 200 meters.
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